Nine community energy projects have been awarded a share of £10 million from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.

Winners include two district heating projects: one on the River Tay will look at whether water heat pumps can be used without damaging wildlife; while the other in Glasgow will use air source heat pumps for 350 homes in tower blocks.

Excess electricity generated on Orkney will be used to heat people’s homes under another project.

The Montrose Local Energy Project will take used animal bedding and turn it into a fuel source for local heating systems.

‘Tremendous potential’ of community energy

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister, who unveiled the funding at the annual Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Conference in Stirling, said: “Community energy represents tremendous potential to empower people to make the most of their local resources.

“The Scottish Government has put in place a wide range of support to empower communities to take control of their local energy use and supply.

“The success of this support is demonstrated by the fact that we have achieved our community and locally owned target of 500MW by 2020, five years early.”

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