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Panels have been installed on all 24 buildings, including schools, community and leisure centres.
Read our members newsletter for further information Edinburgh Solar Newsletter October 2016
Press Release – Project launch – 7th October 2016
Currie High School pupils helped celebrate the completion of a project to install energy-saving solar panels across a range of Council-owned buildings on Friday, 7 October.
Members of the solar co-op were joined by councillors, pupils and community representatives to toast the occasion over a solar panel-themed cake at Currie High School – the last building to be energised.
Vice Convener of Transport and Environment, Councillor Adam McVey, said: “I am delighted to see this project come into action, providing a wealth of environmental and economic benefits in the long term.
“As a Council we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and it is through developments such as this we are able to make a real change. Co-operatives are also a great way to involve the community, in this instance to increase the city’s renewable energy together.”
Dr Richard Dixon, Chair of the ECSC, said: “Schools, community centres and sports halls are now creating clean, green electricity for themselves and for the wider community, in a project funded by local investors. This is the biggest scheme of its type in the UK and we would be delighted to see this kind of project spreading to other Scottish cities. Many congratulations to the team, who have worked really hard over the summer to meet the deadlines to get all 24 solar installation installed and generating electricity.”
It is estimated that the newly-installed solar panels will supply a million units of zero-carbon energy a year, contributing to the Council’s target to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020. Any surplus energy will be sold to the National Grid and profits made by the project will be reinvested locally through a newly-created Community Benefit Fund.
Members of the Co-op will receive annual interest on their investment (capped at five percent increasing with RPI), with any surplus profit invested in the Community Benefit fund.
The panels will also help educate school pupils on environmental themes such as renewable energy, with each equipped with a real-time display of electricity generation, accessible online or on the building.
Update 19th July 2016
Our installations are progressing well, keeping up to the projected timeline. It has been a pleasure to visit one school where the work was completed and an other where it was on-going. I do laugh at myself in high viz vest and hard hat ! I had not realised what a range of strengths and skills are needed for a PV installation. Lifting the panels and the ballast for the ‘buckets’ on flat roofs is heavy labour. Fixing them in place and running the wiring through the protective baskets needs accuracy and precision. All has to be checked for safety. This is a lay persons view, not an engineering expert, but I am impressed. A bonus was the friendly welcome everywhere.
Johanna Carrie – Board Member
Update 29th June 2016
Our 25 pre start visits are now completed. Our hosts have been welcoming, and even excited by the project. Our team has been Richard Wintney, project manager, Johanna Carrie representing the board, Paul Hogan from our installers Emtec or at least one of his colleagues, and Brian Roache , sometimes with one or more of his colleagues from the City of Edinburgh Council. Numbers of staff from our host buildings have varied depending on who is available. The purpose of these visits has been to discuss the details of the design for the PV panel installation, check the most appropriate area for the contractors ’compound’ and to hear the questions and concerns of the managers of our host buildings. It has been a valuable exercise, 25 visits and something new coming up at each one.
Now actual installations are taking place, with the plan being to have all done by mid September.
Update 29th June 2016