£2.6m awarded to innovative local green energy solutions

energy-efficiency-stockTwelve projects to create local, green energy solutions have been awarded a share of £2.6 million, as part of the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

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