A pioneering ‘smart energy’ project in a Stirlingshire village is powering ahead after more than a quarter of local residents signed up to take part. The SMART Fintry project, which aims to help cut energy bills and CO2 emissions by linking homes in Fintry to local sources of renewable electricity, has been awarded funding for a second year by the Scot-Govt. The first of its kind in the UK when it was launched last year, the project aims to set a new blueprint for communities to become more energy-self-sufficient by making better use of local wind, solar and other renewable resources. In its first six months, more than 80 households in Fintry signed up to a special renewable electricity tariff with new, smarter meters to help monitor their electricity use more closely. At the same time, the project secured deals to help match their electricity use with the output from three local renewable generators, including two wind turbines and an anaerobic digestion plant – creating a local market for local clean power. SMART Fintry is funded by the Local Energy Challenge Fund and the project is being run by a consortium of commercial, academic and local partners: including Fintry Development Trust, Veitch Cooper, Energy Assets, Heriot Watt University, and renewable energy supplier Good Energy. Good Energy aim to develop similar projects with other communities across the UK.
Scottish Energy News 27th April 2017 read more »