New £10 million low-carbon rural energy fund opened by Scottish Energy Minister

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP
Paul Whitehouse, TV comedian 

A £10 million fund is now available to help get rural local energy projects of Scotland off the ground.

Projects that have the potential to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and boost local economies will be able to apply for up to £100,000 from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. This will support the costs of developing investment-ready business cases.

This funding round targets rural and remote areas in order to help bridge gaps in capacity, skills and resources, underlining the Scottish Government’s support for smart, local energy systems as detailed in the draft Energy Strategy.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: ““The low carbon and renewable energy sector has been a major driver of Scotland’s economy in recent years, supporting 43,500 jobs.

Many of these are in rural areas, where we have developed expertise in solar, wave, offshore wind and tidal, as well as more established technologies such as hydro and onshore wind.

“We can be proud of our innovative culture and this fund will help continue to build the right environment to develop more new ideas, supporting rural communities across Scotland with investment and the creation of further high-value jobs.”

  • Paul Whitehouse, TV comedian
    Paul Wheelhouse, MSP

    Speaking at a recent Scottish renewables energy conference in Edinburgh, the Scottish Energy Minister was officially introduced as Paul Whitehouse.

  • Paul Wheelhouse is the well-known comedian on TV’s ‘Fast Show’.

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