Community Energy chief calls for end to renewables finance log-jam

Nicolas Gubbins
Nicolas Gubbins

Community Energy Scotland this week called for a break in the financial log-jam for local renewable energy projects.

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive at Community Energy Scotland, who was speaking at a conference in Edinburgh, said:

“I want barriers to the financing and investment of community and small scale projects removed.”

He added:

“Securing finance on acceptable terms is a critical requirement for community renewables – I hope this session will help to shed light on the issues and solutions.”

Nicholas was also a panellist on the evening’s ‘Question-Time’ style panel, which addressed the question ‘Independence and UK Energy Markets – would a yes vote keep the lights on or cut Scotland off?’ and was being organised by Eco Connect – Green Industry Business Network.

He said:

“Clearly there is uncertainty on the implications of a YES vote – but there is real uncertainty now owing to changes in the Feed in Tariff and the impact of Electricity Market Reform and a host of other issues…either way, these have to be resolved.”

Community Energy Scotland’s Head of Development Felix Wight was also a speaker at the event covered innovation issues in a plenary session.


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