Portobello’s plans to produce and sell its own green electricity have taken a step forward with the announcement of a £72,000 grant.
The award from the Scottish Government’s Communities and Renewable Energy Scotland scheme is to pay for legal and planning costs in establishing a community owned wind turbine on the Promenade.
The wind turbine would be the first commercial-scale community power project in any Scottish city. It is being run by PEDAL –> Portobello Transition Town, a community group which seeks to promote local action on climate change by working with people in Portobello to develop environmentally-friendly goods and services.
When operational, the Seafield turbine will generate electricity for homes and businesses in the east of Edinburgh.
Project Manager Tom Black said “If it does go ahead, it could bring real benefits by reducing carbon emissions, bringing in money that would be made available for local projects, and raising awareness of the renewable energy resources that Edinburgh has on it’s doorstep.”
Today’s award will enable PEDAL to carry out a range of technical studies and seek planning permission, plus legal agreements with landowners.
The grant comes from the Communities and Renewable Energy Scotland (CARES) scheme, which is administered by national charity Community Energy Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. The CARES scheme offers grants and technical advice to community organisations to help with the installation of a variety of renewable energy technologies.
The turbine being considered would be 47.5 metres from the base to the tip of the blade. If planning permission is granted, PEDAL will seek a bank loan to meet the £470,000 costs involved in buying and constructing the turbine.