No less than 14 community groups have now benefited from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund – with support from Local Energy Scotland.

The installation of solar panels on community halls, churches, schools and sports clubs will benefit local economies across Scotland by producing renewable energy to power the facilities.

More than 200kW of solar technology has been installed across the sites and, as well as the renewable energy generated, bring additional benefits of earning money from  which can then be re-invested into the communities.

solar panels on a roof

In total, the projects received more than £380,000 from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, which supports the Scottish Government’s ambitious green energy strategy and the UK’s drive to a low carbon economy. We allocated the funding and supported the groups in turning their plans into reality. The recipients of the funding are:

  • Glenkens Community and Arts Trust Limited and Moniave Initiative – Dumfries & Galloway
  • Netherthird Community Centre – East Ayrshire
  • IQRA Learning Centre – East Renfrewshire
  • Action Porty and Duddingston Primary School – Edinburgh
  • Glasgow Community Energy
  • Linlithgow Community Development Trust
  • Beith Community Devleopment Trust and West Kilbride Community Association – North Ayrshire
  • Barhill CIC – South Ayrshire (pictured)
  • Braehead, Broomridge & District Community Development Trust – Stirling

Gemma Murray is Local Energy Scotland’s Development Officer and supported many of the projects. She said:

“We’re dedicated to providing communities with local energy. Through SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, we’ve managed to support the funding of 14 solar projects across the country, enabling communities to produce their own renewable energy.

“Even though the Green Economy Fund is now closed, other community groups can still apply for similar funding and support through the current round of CARES funding. Local Energy Scotland have launched a June 2020 CARES funding call and are encouraging all eligible groups to submit an Expression of Interest by Wednesday 22 July.”

Craig Arthur, Director at SP Energy Networks, said:

“We’re committed to helping Scotland and the UK achieve their ambitious net zero carbon goals, so we’re delighted to be able to support community projects like these which are making big strides towards a greener future for everyone. Projects like these are exactly what’s needed as we start the journey towards a green recovery and support our local communities on the route to net zero.

“When local communities can produce their own renewable energy, it empowers people to tackle climate change at a local level. I have no doubt these exciting solar projects will make a real different and I look forward to seeing local people and communities reap the benefits.”