£500K Scottish Funding for Local Renewable Projects

14 July by


The Scottish Government is funding £500,000 for local renewable projects.

A total of 23 projects will receive up to £25,000 each under the Local Energy Challenge fund.

Communities from inner city Glasgow to rural Harris will develop projects which encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy.

They include energy from waste projects, the installation of solar PV panels, hydropower and hydrogen fuelled local transport.

The Montrose Local Energy Project (MLEP) will develop a new fuel source from the agricultural sector, feeding into local heat demand and potentially also local electricity demand. 

Project: The new fuel is to be created through the processing and drying of used animal bedding i.e the mix of straw and animal waste that is generated through the bedding of animals, principally cattle in the project proposed. It is intended to deploy the new fuel in pellet form in applications close to the source of the material. The fuel may be used in boilers on its own, or probably blended with biomass fuel, either wood chip or wood pellet.

Blackwood Housing is a registered social landlord (RSL) and is a leading national housing and care provider specialising in homes and care services for people with disabilities. This project aims to reduce the organisations running costs and carbon emissions associated with car/vehicle transport in providing care to residents within the community. It aims to achieve this through use of a Solar PV scheme which will be located at a Blackwood Housing care home.

Project: The power from the Solar PV will be stored within a new home battery arrangement, which will be able to charge electric vehicles and also provide an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) backup to Blackwood Housing’s new Telecare/ Smartcare digital platform. This project will enable Blackwood Housing to become self- sufficient for transport power and use to 100% of solar derived PV power produced.

Across the 23 projects, the Scottish Government claims they could generate enough electricity to power around 100,000 domestic households.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Community ownership gives communities more control over their own energy and will help us tackle challenges like grid constraints and fuel poverty – while at the same time sparking economic revival.”

Full List of the 23 Projects