Dundee Co-operative to Share Plans for a Community Solar Energy Project
Invergowrie Solar Meadow
Community Information Event
Wednesday 15th September 7pm
Online: ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE
Local people will find out how they can get involved with a community solar energy project near Invergowrie at an online information event on Wednesday 15th September.
Dundee Renewable Energy Society (DRES) is looking to develop a solar panel installation in partnership with The James Hutton Institute. The Invergowrie Solar Meadow will be funded by a share offer, where people can join the co-operative to invest in the project, receive a return on their investment, and help support local community projects.
The Invergowrie Solar Meadow will be a relatively small two-megawatt solar installation on land owned by The James Hutton Institute. It will be a low profile, low impact project to maximise positive benefits for the local area.
DRES will use the income generated from The Invergowrie Solar Meadow to support local community projects. The project is expected to generate at least £10,000 annually which will be used to support local causes through a community benefit fund. The total community benefit over the 20-25 lifetime of solar meadow is projected to be over £700,000.
Richard McCready, DRES Chair said “This is an exciting opportunity to generate renewable solar energy in partnership with The James Hutton Institute. Everyone has their part to play in reducing carbon emission and the Invergowrie Solar Meadow is a real step forward. As a co-operative it’s important for the community to be at the heart of the project and we look forward to sharing how local people can get involved”
Joshua Msika, Sustainability Co-ordinator at The James Hutton Institute said “This solar meadow project perfectly illustrates the ‘Just Transition’, bringing both climate and social benefits. It will provide us with zero-carbon electricity at an affordable price and in exchange, our electricity bill will fund community projects in our area while offering shareholders a reasonable return.”
All are welcome to attend this free event, tickets can be booked here or by contacting DRES directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Dundee Renewable Energy Society (DRES)
- DRES is a not-for profit Community Benefit Society established in 2018. Our mission is to promote sustainable community energy and alleviate fuel poverty in and around the city of Dundee and Tayside.
- The 2MW solar meadow is planned to be sited on underutilised land on the north side of the A90, with a ‘private wire’ connecting the system electrically via underground ducting.
- It will supply approximately 27% of The Institute’s annual electricity needs and remove around 7% of current total CO2e emissions from The James Hutton Institute.
- DRES is supported in the development of the solar meadow by Energy4All.