SP Energy Networks’ Net Zero Fund is open for applications for grants, along with guidance and support, for community organisations and charities who want to decarbonise. Grabnts have already been awarded to install solar panels and heat pumps, buy electric vehicles and retrofit listed buildings to increase energy efficiency.
The £5million Net Zero Fund was launched in 2022 by SP Energy Networks, part of the ScottishPower group. It directly supports organisations within SP Energy Networks’ transmission areas who have green ambitions and are looking to decarbonise their communities across Central and Southern Scotland.
Scott Mathieson, Network Planning and Regulation Director at SP Energy Networks, said,
“Our staff and networks are part of the fabric of the central belt and it’s right therefore that we play our part in ensuring the most vulnerable customers in our areas also obtain access to the benefits that zero emission energy can bring in transport, heat and jobs.
“The projects awarded in our first round of our Net Zero Fund are diverse, they range from addressing renewable heat challenges in Victorian buildings in Govan in the heart of Glasgow through to enabling a smart energy community hub and Scout hall in Ardrossan. The ingenuity of these community led schemes is inspiring and we feel privileged to help them realise their net zero future.
“Our next funding round is now open, and we’re welcoming applications from eligible charities and community groups looking to accelerate their net zero plans.”
Among the recipients of the first round of funding is Govan Heritage Trust, where the Net Zero Fund is providing a grant of £150,000 to install a river source heat pump, an initiative ran in partnership with the Clyde Mission Fund. The renewable plant will deliver a 93% reduction in carbon emissions and 20% saving in energy costs.Following the closure of Govan Old Church in 2007, the community Trust rescued the A-listed building and its contents which included the Govan Stones collection of early medieval sculpture.
The property is being developed into a museum and meeting space for local organisations and charities.
Food Train’s Stewartry branch has also been awarded over £100,000 in funding to replace two of its current vehicles with new electric models and install a charging point at the Dumfries and Galloway base.
More information about the Net Zero Fund and eligibility criteria here