Good news for Highland PV group

Community Energy Scotland is set to deliver at least ten photovoltaic installations for a consortium of community groups it led in a successful application to SSE’s Highland Sustainability Fund. 

The PV installations will be installed in the coming months in a range of community buildings in Highland Scotland. The charity, based in Dingwall, successfully applied for the funds from energy firm SSE who allocated the cash to help community buildings generate some of their own power every day of the year.

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive at Community Energy Scotland said:

“We saw an opportunity for more community energy projects to go ahead if we organised a group of community organisations.

“By the autumn, at least ten community groups who run buildings in Highland will be generating power from their own photovoltaic array.  This will cut the power bills they pay and also give them an additional income from Feed in Tariff for years to come.”

KirkhillAndrew MacKenzie of the Speyside Trust’s outdoor centre near Aviemore said:

“We are a member of the Highland PV Group and hope our site will benefit from one of the photovoltaic installations.

“We provide respite care to people with disabilities at our purpose built Activity Holiday Unit which people with disabilities can visit unaccompanied.  Our Sports Barn will be ideal for a PV array which would cut the bills we pay and improve our carbon footprint.”

Nicholas added:

“SSE’s funds come from windfarm community benefit payments.  It is so appropriate for these funds to be used in communities so they too can generate some power.  The project will help the financial sustainability of the community halls and centres which receive an array.

“Community Energy Scotland is about enabling community groups to become generators of power.  Previously we have helped community organisations realise hydro, wind and woodfuel projects.  We have now put this project together which matches our central expertise with local enthusiasm and SSE cash.”

Nicholas Gubbins concluded:

“Community Energy Scotland has successfully delivered similar schemes for community renewable energy projects in community owned buildings in the Western Isles and in Ayrshire. All these projects ensure local community groups benefit from renewable energy generation.  If you are a grant funder, or want to invest in community renewable energy projects, please contact me.”


The photograph is Kirkhill Community Association’s Hall near Inverness – a pioneer of photovoltaic panels for community halls in the Highlands


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