An innovative online hub to help communities in Dumfries and Galloway realise their net zero emissions ambitions and support government climate change targets has been launched by electricity distributor SP Energy Networks.
The free Zero Carbon Communities Tool – available on the SP Energy Networks website and believed to be the first of its kind – brings together information on local renewable energy projects, making it easier than ever for groups to plan and invest in the community energy sector.
The world-leading tool will be used by community groups planning and developing renewable energy projects – helping them decide on the technology, location, scale, governance and management processes that will turn their net zero ambitions into reality. It provides guidance and direction on how to approach each area to overcome potential problems at an early stage and shorten project lead times.
Examples of community energy schemes range from the introduction of solar technology through to the introduction of wind turbines.
Guy Jefferson, from SP Energy Networks, pictured above, said: “Our new Zero Carbon Communities tool will help organisations in Dumfries and Galloway develop and plan their projects effectively and efficiently, allowing them to overcome potential pitfalls and get the right investment in place quicker than ever before. Bespoke local energy solutions will have a key part to play if the UK is going to meet its net zero emissions targets and we’re proud to play our part in making that happen.”