Projects in Glencoe, Callander, Aviemore, Stromness and St Andrews were amongst those to be awarded a share of the funding.
Making the announcement, Paul Wheelhouse, minister for business, innovation and energy, said: “The Scottish Government has set some of the most ambitious carbon reduction targets on the planet – exceeding the requirements of the Paris agreement – and is making excellent progress towards meeting them.
“We have also set our sights on eradicating fuel poverty – which is an unacceptable blight on too many households in Scotland in 2017 – as energy prices have risen steadily, at a time when wages have been depressed due to a weak UK economy and austerity.
“These twin challenges drive our ambition for innovative local energy projects, such as those for which we are today announcing £2.6m of funding, as these will provide many consumers, including in some of Scotland’s most remote areas, with an alternative, greener, and potentially cheaper energy source.
“The construction and maintenance of these projects will also have the added benefit of creating and sustaining jobs, and in doing so can bolster local economies.”
Dr Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, said: “This is welcome news and demonstrates that the low carbon future we need to secure is possible, right here and now in communities across Scotland.
“A transformation in how we heat our homes and offices, how we travel to work and school, and how we power our industries will generate many social and economic benefits. Research shows that generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 is both necessary and achievable.
“This is a move in the right direction by the Scottish Government, but we need to see more policies for how it will replicate its amazing progress on renewable electricity in the heat and transport sectors to ensure we hit the 50 per cent target by 2030.”
Ten projects received LCITP development support to produce Investment Grade Business Cases.
LCITP support of £550,000 has been awarded to these 10 projects, which will be matched by at least £550,000 from project partners.
Two projects received LCITP capital support of £1.95 million – match funded by Scottish Government District Heating Loan Fund.
|Project||Lead applicant||Project Location||Total cost of Development Stage||LCITP support request|
|Macdonald Aviemore Resort – Multi-well Geothermal||Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd||MacDonald ResortAviemore||£191,250||£95,625|
|Glencoe Village Energy Project||Highland Council||Glencoe||£134,004||£49,987|
|Callander Local Energy Opportunity||Stirling Council||Callander||£203,250||£100,000|
|UWS Ayr Campus – Low Carbon Heat Provision||University of West Scotland||Ayr||£30,000||£15,000|
|Low carbon heat at Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC)||Highlands and Islands Enterprise||Orkney Campus (Stromness)||£20,000||£10,000|
|Low Carbon Community, Commercial and University flexible network||University of St. Andrews||St Andrews University – Eden Campus at Guardbridge||£215,000||£100,000|
|Millerhill Low Carbon District Heating Project||Midlothian Council||Millerhill, Edinburgh||£100,000||£50,000|
|Westfield Ground Source Heat Pump Pilot Project||West Lothian Council||Westfield, Edinburgh||£40,000||£20,000|
|Housing for Older People – Energy Efficient Homes||North Lanarkshire Council||Airdrie, Wishaw, Kilsyth||£50,000||£25,000|
|FISOGG (The Fyne Solution for off Gas Grid)||Fyne Homes||Argyll and Bute||£170,000||£85,000|
|Halo Kilmarnock Project||Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd||Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire||£3,652,000||£1,826,000|
|Fintry Ground Source Community Heating||Fintry Renewable Energy Distribution||Fintry, Stirlingshire||£298,592||£149,296|