The SNP is today welcoming a new funding package to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy – building on the success of community ownership in rural areas by encouraging projects in Scotland’s towns and cities.  

23 projects across Scotland will benefit from £500,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund – with one third of the projects are focussed on town and city areas, including projects in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Figures published by the Scottish Government last month showed that community owned renewable energy capacity in Scotland grew by 27 per cent – with the potential to generate enough electricity to power around 100,000 homes.

Commenting, SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald said:

“Community ownership of energy projects empowers local communities while bringing real economic benefit – and this funding will provide an exciting new opportunity for our towns and cities to benefit from Scotland’s incredible renewable potential.

“We know that existing community owned renewable projects in Scotland have the potential to power 100,000 homes – and this new Scottish Government funding and commitment to a distinctive approach in energy provision will see the sector continue to go from strength to strength.

“Scotland has an incredible opportunity to be a world leader in renewable energy which create jobs, help the environment and bring real benefits to our communities - and I am absolutely delighted that this funding will build on the existing successes in rural areas and ensure urban Scotland benefits from our vast renewable resources.”

SOURCE: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jul/community-ownership-extend-urban-scotland

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