£600,000 boost for 17 local Scottish renewable projects

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Seventeen renewable energy projects across Scotland are to share in more than £600,000 grant-funding to develop approaches which link local energy generation with local energy demand, using innovative distribution and storage solutions.

Local Energy Scotland, which administers the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) on behalf of the Scottish Government, has awarded the funding through a call for innovative local energy projects under the CARES Infrastructure and Innovation Fund (IIF).

Local energy projects are those which seek to develop low-carbon energy solutions for communities. Currently these projects can face a range of technical and financial barriers such as the national electricity grid reaching capacity in many areas. This means that renewable energy generation cannot be exported and revenue cannot be generated.

Projects that were funded through the awards include:

  • £70k to Strathclyde University’s integration of a 25 kW/50 kWh zinc-bromine battery;
  • £30k to Findhorn Foundation College for its heat pump and biomass district heating scheme;
  • £29k to Machrihanish Airbase Community Company for their implementation of a solar power and smart grid energy management system; and
  • £33k to South West Mull & Iona Development for their heat from The Sound project.

Funding has previously been awarded to 41 such projects across Scotland, from the central belt to the Outer Hebrides.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Scotland is making great progress in renewable energy with the equivalent of 56.7% of gross electricity consumption coming from renewables in 2015. From energy storage to renewable heat and smart grids, this funding will help to unlock new forms of renewable energy at a local level.

“A draft of our new <Scottish> Energy Strategy, which will be published early next year, will build on this approach, promoting community ownership and involvement in renewable energy and demonstrating how we will capitalise on the social, economic and environmental benefits of the transition to a low carbon economy.

“This will form our strategic response to the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector and articulate our long term vision for energy in Scotland out to 2050 as well as inform the Climate Change Plan to meet our climate change targets out to 2032.”

Other beneficiary projects include;

Knoydart Renewables Ltd Electrical Energy Storage for Knoydart  £    69,995
Arran Community Energy Arran Community Energy   £    21,000
University of Strathclyde/Veitch Cooper Ltd Energyfields  £    28,000
University of Strathclyde/GAIA Wind University of Strathclyde & GAIA Wind   £    55,600
Storas Uibhist Ltd South Uist Estate Energy Optiions  £    35,000
Carsphairn Community Council Carsphairn Community Energy Storage Scheme   £    60,000
West Harris Renewables Limited West Harris and Barvas Local Supply  £    30,618
Pairc Trust  Energy Options for Habost Business Units  £    25,000
Community Energy Scotland Community Micro-grid Learning Resource  £    12,540
Upper Eskdale Development Group Community Share IIF  £    32,190
North Uist Development Company Lochmaddy Warmth from Water Feasibility Study  £    18,805
Huntly & District Development Trust Greenmyres Energy Hub  £    16,275

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