Aberdeen City Council eyes solar development following GGA funding

Aberdeen City Council eyes solar development following GGA funding

Published: 11 Oct 2021, 15:06

Aberdeen City Council is considering the solar development alongside its hydrogen plans. Image: Mike Pennington (Geograph).

Aberdeen City Council is eying the development of a solar farm following being awarded a chunk of the Scottish Government’s Green Growth Accelerator (GGA).

The council has been given a share of up to £1 million in development funding from the accelerator, which is designed to help local authorities get low carbon infrastructure programmes off the ground.

Four of Aberdeen’s projects have secured the funding, including a solar farm, the development of a portable hydrogen refuelling module, the expansion of the city’s hydrogen bus fleet and the conversion of its refuse collection vehicles.

The GGA funding is another step towards ensuring “Aberdeen is at the forefront of Scotland’s energy transition”, said Aberdeen City Council Leader, councillor Jenny Laing.

“A commitment to combatting climate change was the central theme of the 2020 Net Zero Vision and Strategic Infrastructure Plan for Energy Transition, which identified the opportunity to pilot new investment models, and then we backed this up in our budget this year with funding towards delivery of the hydrogen programme.”

The funding will now be used to create business cases for the four identified projects, which cumulatively require £8 million in further funding for delivery.

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