Portobello and Leith Community Wind Turbine wins Energyshare funding Community
Groups in Portobello and Leith were celebrating yesterday (Saturday) as their renewable energy project won the public vote in the Energyshare.com contest.
The project, a collaboration between neighbouring community groups Pedal – Portobello Transition Town and Greener Leith, aims to build a community-owned wind turbine on the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Site in Edinburgh.
The project won the online Energyshare.com vote, beating off competition from nearly 1,000 other community renewables projects from around the UK. They are awarded funding to complete feasibility work on the wind turbine, which is expected to go to planning permission during 2012.
The Energyshare.com contest is a collaboration between River Cottage and British Gas which awards a total of £500,000 to community renewables projects on the basis of online votes.
Eva Schonveld, Chair of PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town said, “We’re delighted to have won so much support for the project, and would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us. The funding is very welcome and will allow us to complete the final stage of feasibility work but just as valuable is the massive support from local people that this vote represents.”
Charlotte Encombe, Chair of Greener Leith said, “A big thank you to everyone who voted online, tweeted, facebooked, blogged and badgered their friends and colleagues to support the project. We’re delighted to be the most popular project in the Energyshare.com contest, but the turbine is not built yet. We still have a number of hurdles to overcome, but this vote gives a clear message that the project has widespread support, for which we are extremely grateful.”
Alex Salmond backs energyshare bid
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, gave two Scottish community renewables projects a last-minute boost on twitter last night. The First Minister used the social networking site to relay an appeal for online votes in the Energyshare.com contest from the Portobello and Leith Community Wind Energy Project in Edinburgh and the Strathpeffer Community Centre in Ross-shire.
The two community projects are the only Scottish schemes left in the final round of the energyshare.com competition which closes at 5pm today (Saturday).
The Energyshare.com scheme, backed by River Cottage and British Gas, awards £500,000 to the five projects with the most votes in their category. Each group potentially wins up to £100,000 to complete their project. The Portobello & Leith project is currently running a very close second in their ‘medium’ category, while Strathpeffer is fifth in the ‘small’ category.
The First Minister, who was this week was named ‘Politician of the Year’ at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2011 in Edinburgh, is well known for his support of renewable energy and in particular his support of community renewables. The Scottish Government has a target to deliver 500 MW of community renewables by 2020, as part of their ambition to deliver 100% of electricity demand from renewables by the same year.