Interest in social energy projects gathering momentum in Scotland

Interest in social energy projects gathering momentum in Scotland
Business 7
02.09.10

MORI poll suggests more than half of Scots surveyed would be interested in setting up a community energy project

A new study has highlighted the appetite for community-led energy projects in Scotland.

Over half of Scots (51per cent), particularly those aged between 18 and 34, would be interested in helping to set up and run a social energy project, according to the latest MORI Poll.
 
The poll,commissioned by the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, also found that the majority of those surveyed (73 per cent) believe that the Government should provide financial support to firms looking to set up their own renewable energy schemes such as wind farms and hydro-electric generation.
 
Antonia Swinson, chief executive of The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, said: "These are significant findings, showing a real appetite for community-led projects and could have a considerable contribution to future economic sustainability of Scotland’s communities."
 
Nicholas Gubbins, chief executive of the charity Community Energy Scotland, added: "This poll confirms our daily experience of working with hundreds of community groups across Scotland on their renewable energy projects."

There is tremendous enthusiasm at community level. Scotland is leading the way in drawing in the benefits to communities from renewable energy.Its vital that we keep this momentum going.
 
The results show that well over two thirds of respondents (69%) now know about social enterprises businesses with a social or environmental purpose.
 
This highlights a 15 per cent increase in Scots knowledge of social enterprise in the last year alone, reflecting the growing influence of social enterprises in communities across the nation. Social enterprises are estimated to add around s2 billion to the Scottish economy every year.

Scotland now has an estimated 3,000 social enterprises.