Innovative Local Energy Systems call: local energy innovation projects by the local authority area: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03274
Date received: 31 October 2018
Date responded: 20 November 2018
Information requested

You asked for information on the £10 million fund to assist local energy innovation projects

  • How much has been paid out by 31 October 2018, including a breakdown of spend,
  • A breakdown of type of projects supported, and
  • A breakdown of allocation of funding by Local Authority area.

Most of the information you have requested is available from the Scottish Government website:

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.  If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

The local authority area in which each of the projects are located is provided below:


Local Authority

Macdonald Aviemore Resort – Multi-well Geothermal

Highland Council

Glencoe Village Energy Project

Highland Council

Callander Local Energy Opportunity

Stirling Council

UWS Ayr Campus - Low Carbon Heat Provision

South Ayrshire Council

Low Carbon Heat at Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORC)

Orkney Islands Council

Low Carbon Community, Commercial and University flexible network

Fife Council

Millerhill Low Carbon District Heating Project

Midlothian Council

Westfield Ground Source Heat Pump Pilot Project

West Lothian Council

Housing for Older People - Energy Efficient Homes

North Lanarkshire Council

FISOGG (The Fyne Solution for Off Gas Grid)

Argyll and Bute Council

Halo Kilmarnock Project

East Ayrshire Council

Fintry Ground Source Community Heating

Stirling Council


£2.5 million has been offered to support projects under the Innovative Local Energy Systems call. This is broadly broken down as follows:

  • Support for business case development - £55,061.20
  • Support for capital activity - £1,975,296.00.

Total spend has been lower than anticipated for a number of reasons summarised below:

  • Projects that produced a viable business case through the fund decided to apply for LCITP capital support through a later funding call to enable further time for project delivery and to secure match funding;
  • Projects decided to proceed without public funding for installation to protect the ability to receive subsidies such as Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed in Tariff;
  • There were a number of local level decisions taken not to proceed with projects due to unviable business cases.

The learning and knowledge gained from this programme are being collated and shared to support the development of future projects.

Reasons for not providing information

An exemption applies.

An exemption under section 25(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested: 

  • How much has been paid out by 31 October 2018, including a breakdown of spend, and
  • A breakdown of type of projects supported.

This information is published.

This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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