Local renewable energy projects in Euro spotlight

Local renewable energy projects in Euro spotlight

Recently, Dumfries and Galloway Council welcomed 12 people from south west Hungary for a second knowledge exchange study tour, as part of ‘100% RES (Renewable Energy Source) Communities’ – a European Union funded region-wide sustainable energy project which is co-ordinated nationally by Community Energy Scotland and delivered region-wide by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Community Energy Scotland and a range of community organisations. Ten communities from throughout the region, from Langholm to Gatehouse and beyond, are building the Dumfries and Galloway legacy for the project by developing and implementing actions from their very own ‘Sustainable Energy Action Plans’, a move which will cut greenhouse gases and reduce fuel poverty. This is of great benefit to the region as Dumfries and Galloway, out of the 32 Scottish local authority areas, has the sixth highest incidence of fuel poverty in Scotland with 23% of homes ‘fuel poor’ and a further 13% ‘extremely fuel poor’.

Dumfries and Galloway is the only region in Scotland to have been chosen for the ‘100% RES Communities’ project meaning our region represents Scotland on a European platform as an ‘Experienced Territory’. The project opens up a wide array of expertise to tap into across Europe, including the region’s Hungarian partners (a ‘Learning Territory’) who, last month, were shown some of the highlights of South West Scotland’s existing sustainable energy projects and environmental based enterprises. These included tours of the passive houses at Dormont Estate and a microhydro electricity generation scheme at Hightae.

Annandale TV spoke to Councillor Ian Carruthers about the benefits of the project to the region and joined the tour of the Dormont Estate and the Hydro Electric Scheme.

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