By DARA BUTTERFIELD
SgurrEnergy – a Glasgow-based green consultancy is helping the Crown Estate and two Scottish universities in a project to maximise sustainable use of rural land resource by developing sites for energy generation.
The Crown Estate, Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University are collaborating to develop a renewable energy project to produce enough energy to offset the electricity use of the two universities.
SgurrEnergy’s work includes pre-feasibility studies on a portfolio of sites to identify the most suitable locations for renewable energy development.
This will be followed by a further period of detailed feasibility studies to determine the most suitable renewable energy technologies for the identified sites. Preferred locations have been identified in Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill estates as having optimal land characteristics.
These developments are expected to significantly help towards offsetting the annual grid electricity usage of both universities and to the Crown Estate’s contribution to renewables targets, carbon savings and sustainable development.
Fergus Tickell, SgurrEnergy’s biomass and community renewables manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with three important Scottish institutions in this innovative project. The production of renewable energy on The Crown Estate will not only contribute to each of the partners’ economic and environmental objectives, but could also provide important benefits for local communities.”