Scotland has long been a renewable energy leader on the world stage and the green economy fund from sp networks is investing £20m to finance community initiatives across Scotland to move towards Scottish and UK energy ambitions.

 

The fund aims to build the infrastructure and knowledge needed to switch to low-carbon heating and transport systems, boost economic opportunities and jobs, support a low-carbon economy, work with communities across Scotland.

Some of the projects supported by the Green Economy Fund

  • Soulriders is launching a fleet of e cargo bikes, providing Scotland’s first integrated cargo bike delivery and waste service in Govanhill, Pollokshields and Central Glasgow.
  • The HALO Kilmarnock is using 100% renewable energy to service businesses and the residential community at The HALO Kilmarnock, and urban regeneration initiative that is set to revitalise Kilmarnock by training and re-skilling the young people of Ayrshire.
  • University of Strathclyde is combining 5G communications and smart metering to manage energy usage across homes without existing metering services.
  • West Lothian Civic Centre is installing solar panels, EV charging points, battery storage and LED lighting.
  • Forth Valley College is creating a STEM Hub for colleges in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, where students, businesses and the public can learn about renewables and energy efficiency.
  • Little Kerse Leisure Ltd is replacing floodlights with LED versions and installing EV charging points and battery storage.
  • Transport for Edinburgh is providing docking points for the Edinburgh Cycle Hire Scheme develop the e-bike network.
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council is replacing aging diesel Refuse Collection Vehicles with 2 electric RCV’s.
  • Community Transport in Glasgow supports more than 75,000 elderly and vulnerable passengers and will become fully low carbon.

Sources and further reading:

Green Economy Fund (SP Energy Networks)