First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opened the Stirling District Heat Network project on 7 August, which will see renewables technology harness energy from wastewater.
The announcement, which was made as the Cabinet visited Stirling, is part of a new package of initiatives to tackle climate change.
The project, which received £2mn support through the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, was developed collaboratively with Stirling Council and Scottish Water Horizons. It is the first of its kind in the UK and will provide affordable and low-carbon heat to the local Stirling community.
Stirling is aiming to become Scotland’s first carbon neutral city in a bid to tackle the global ‘climate emergency’.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We have already proposed one of the most ambitious statutory emissions targets anywhere in the world, and today’s announcements illustrate our commitment to developing new and innovative policies which will make a real difference.” She continued: “The Stirling Renewable Heat Demonstration Project is a great example of this, using wastewater to help provide energy to local businesses and public buildings.”