Across Scotland, 14 local organisations have received funding from SP Energy Networks (SPEN) for solar installations. The £380,000 funding has allowed more than 200kW of solar technology to be installed currently, allowing the community organisations to earn money that can then be reinvested into the local area. Local Energy Scotland helped to allocate the funding, which came from SPEN’s £20 million Green Economy Fund. So far, there have been 36 projects than have benefitted from the fund, which is designed to further the county’s net zero by 2045 ambition. Craig Arthur, director at SPEN, said that the company was delighted to be able to support community projects that “are making big strides”. The projects that have now received funding include: Glenkens Community and Arts Trust Limited and Moniaive Initiative in Dumfries & Galloway; The Netherthird community centre in East Ayrshire; The IQRA learning centre in East Renfrewshire; Action Porty and Duddingston primary school in Edinburgh; Glasgow community energy; Linlithgow Community Development Trust; Beith Community Development Trust and West Kilbride Community Association in North Ayrshire; Barhill C.I.C in South Ayrshire; Braehead, Broomridge & District Community Development Trust in Stirling. Earlier in 2020, SPEN called on the government to bring in a national strategy that could ‘kick start’ a community energy revolution, following a report it commissioned that was put together by WPI Economics. The report found that there was the potential for community energy schemes to generate 5.3GW, create over 8,000 jobs and inject up to £1.8 billion into the UK’s regions by 2030.
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