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Scottish Government Vows To Secure Future of Community-Owned Urban Wind Turbine in Edinburgh

The Scottish Government vow to secure the future for community wind turbine

STV 8 June 2012 14:25 BST
Wind turbine: The Scottish Government vow to help the community project.© STV

The Scottish Government has vowed to help secure the future for urban wind turbine after the chosen site was ruled out.

Two Edinburgh community groups secured funding for the £200,000 project to go ahead but now have nowhere to put it.
The original location at Seafield Water Treatment Works in Leith has been ruled out as “no longer suitable” as the land may be required by Scottish Water to expand to current premises to deal with future demand.
Money generated from the turbines would be returned to the community groups.
Representatives for the community groups PEDAL (Portobello Transition Town) and Greener Leith met with energy minister Fergus Ewing and representatives from Scottish Water on May 28 to discuss the future of the turbine
It was agreed by all parties that there was no option but to find an alternative site.
Fergus Ewing MSP said: “Scotland is leading the way across the UK in how we support local and community ownership of renewable energy, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefits of renewable energy.
“Although it is disappointing that the site originally identified cannot be used for this community wind turbine, this was a positive and productive meeting.
“The Scottish Government and Scottish Water have agreed to help PEDAL and Greener Leith to find a site for another scheme elsewhere.
“If a suitable site cannot be found, Scottish Water have indicated there are other ways they would be able to work with the Community Group, and the Scottish Government and Community Energy Scotland will explore the possibility of a partnership arrangement with a rural group to help Greener Leith and PEDAL achieve their renewables ambition.
“I have asked to be kept up to date on this issue and will be closely following progress.”

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