Bright sparks in Linlithgow have been awarded £10,000 toward their vision of making the town energy independent.
The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) has decided to plug into the plan by Transition Linlithgow with funding that will map energy transmission and consumption around the town centre.
It will identify ways of minimising energy use, not just per household, but for potential neighbourhood schemes such as district heating and renewable energy.
Alan Brown, chair of TL, said: “We are delighted to have the generous support of the CARES fund and initial advice from Community Energy Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University has allowed us to secure this first phase.
“We can now move forward with the professional research and explore practical solutions with the support of local home owners, tenants and other stakeholders.”
The charity’s vision, dubbed ‘The Natural Grid’, is a future where Linlithgow’s energy needs are provided by local natural resources, and where solutions are owned by the community, similar to Denmark’s renewable energy co-operatives.
TL’s energy initiatives over the last five years mean that hundreds of local homes now have solar hot water, solar electricity and insulation improvements.