Plans to reform legislation around Scotland’s Crown Estate could open the door to community controlled assets and new renewable energy projects. The Scottish Crown Estate Bill will look to establish changes to the current framework in the management of assets held by the Crown Estate. The rule change will see local communities have a stronger voice in how these assets are managed. Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish cabinet secretary for land reform, said: “This is a significant moment for Scotland and is the first ever Bill on the Scottish Crown Estate. Building on the work of the Smith Commission, this Bill proposes, for the first time, new powers for Scottish Ministers to change who manages Scottish Crown Estate assets, and opens up the possibility of local authorities and communities taking control of the management of those assets.
Energy Voice 26th Jan 2018 read more »
After ten years of development, Fyne Homes has today announced plans to build a three-turbine development in Argyll and Bute that will generate £15.6 million of community and charitable benefit over the next 20 years. The 6.9-megawatt windfarm will produce enough clean energy to power around 4000 households and is only the second project of its kind.A wind farm in the Scottish Borders which will create enough revenue for Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) to build 500 new homes over the next 25 years was officially launched last year.The wind energy project will be built with a £11.4m investment from Triodos Bank, which was chosen as financial supporter due to the its experience in renewable and social lending. Triodos was also involved in the BHA project. The Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies, has also provided £2.82m of investment for the project via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund. Initial support for the project was provided by the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme.
Scottish Housing News 24th Jan 2018 read more »