Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund
The Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is the first project being delivered as part of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. The Challenge Fund will support feasibility studies exploring the capacity of Scotland's geothermal resource to meet the energy needs of local communities. It is aimed at consortia working together to benefit local communities, achieving measurable and sustainable carbon reductions with proper consideration of the impacts on the local environment. Applicants are encouraged to refer to the guidance note, which also includes links to other relevant material.
The outcome of the assessment of the Challenge Fund applications was announced by the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism on 14 June. Grant totalling £234,025 was offered to 5 projects. 4 projects have accepted the grant offered. As a result, a total of £185,235 feasibility funding will be made available to explore the potential of the geothermal resource in sites in Fife, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. In addition, the consortia behind a further 4 proposed projects have been invited to contact the LCITP team to discuss a range of early development support which may be available to help to progress their proposals. More information about the successful projects is in the article Geothermal energy projects awarded quarter million.
The completed Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund feasibility studies have now been published.
http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/9242 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/8520 Fortissat, North Lanarkshire
http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/3520 Guardbridge, Fife
http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/6881 Hill of Banchory, Aberdeenshire