Innovation

Developing Local Energy Economies

Community Energy projects are often at the cutting edge of innovation and technology. Communities want to find new ways to maximise the benefits of renewable energy generation using emerging technologies, and the clever local use of heat or power.

If you are interested in developing a project but cannot connect to the grid, or want to find ways of using power locally (for example in heating or transport) please get in touch!

We are working with community groups, Distribution Network Operators, agencies, research bodies and technology companies to drive innovation in local energy generation, local supply, local demand and local financing. We want to increase the local benefits and are keen to work in partnership with community groups and anyone else who shares this vision.

In partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE),Community Energy Scotland has recently begun work on an exciting new concept called Local Energy Economies.  This idea describes a system where energy is generated, distributed and used locally, with the cost of energy infrastructure supported through local finance, such as community shares.

Thanks to funding from HIE and the CARES Infrastructure Innovation Fund, a number of demonstration projects are underway, to show the ways this can be acheived in practice.

For more information on LEEP - here is a short guide.

For more information on this exciting development area – and for an opportunity to be at the leading edge in community energy development, get in touch with us at innovation@communityenergyscotland.org.uk

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