A unique partnership between two Edinburgh community groups has been established to develop a community owned wind turbine on the coast between Portobello and Leith.
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PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town and Greener Leith have joined forces to conduct detailed feasibility work on a site within the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works. Early surveys suggest a wind turbine on this site has the potential to generate enough renewable energy to supply the annual electricity needs of 300-1300 households, depending on the size of turbine installed.
The generator would be the first community-owned urban wind turbine in Scotland.
The project would see substantial sums raised for local community projects over the lifetime of the project. The two groups have now launched a campaign to raise funding to develop the project, and are urging local residents to help win funding by supporting a bid to the Energyshare Fund.
The projects with the most supporters on the Energyshare website have the greatest chance of winning funding. Therefore, both community groups are urging Edinburgh residents to register their support on the Energyshare website before the 30th June.
The project also has the backing of local Member of the Scottish Parliament Kenny MacAskill. The proposed site sits on the boundary of their two constituencies.
Jane Lewis, Chair of PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town said:
“We have been working hard to find suitable renewable energy projects that will deliver carbon savings, a long-term source of funding for local community projects, and also provide a visible demonstration of the renewable resources to be found locally. We think this proposal has real promise, and we’re asking for community support to take it forward.”
Charlotte Encombe, Chair of Greener Leith said:
“This project could create a community fund to help thousands of local people for many years into the future. Whilst there’s still a lot of work to do before the project gets the final green light, we hope that the proposed wind turbine will become a landmark and a source of local pride, as well as power.”
Kenny MacAskill, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Eastern said,
“I fully support this excellent proposal from PEDAL and Greener Leith which chimes well with our national moves to develop Scotland as the Green Energy Powerhouse of Europe, and to encourage community ownership of renewables. I’m pleased to hear that PEDAL will be seeking local residents’ views.”
More information about the project is available on the FAQ page.