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Link Group Secures Funding for Low-Carbon Infrastructure Project

A new social housing development in the Highlands by Link Group is one of eight infrastructure projects set to share £8.7m of Scottish Government investment to deliver carbon reduction projects across the country .

The project has received £812,013 to install new air source heat pumps and energy efficiency measures for new homes.

Funded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, the eight projects will together reduce carbon emissions by around 4,500 tonnes of CO2e per year, the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road.

With the project partners providing matching funding, the total investment provided is £24.4 million.

This round of LCITP funding has been designed to support Scotland’s green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting jobs while tackling climate change.

List of projects to be financed:

Main project partner

local authority area

Grant offered

Project description

Renfrewshire Council

Renfrew County

£2,887,660

District heating network using heat from a sewage treatment plant with an ambient loop to supply heat to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

Edinburgh Airport

City of Edinburgh

£2,167,000

Integrated power system using 9.9 MW of solar PV for battery storage to supply power and electric vehicle charging stations

SWG3

City of Glasgow

£170,000

Air and geothermal heat pumps to provide heating and cooling at the SWG3 Arts Centre, using heat recovered from cooling event spaces

northern fish

Shetland Islands

£887,253

Wind turbine used to generate heat in a number of industrial buildings.

Glasgow City Council

City of Glasgow

£329,313

ASHPs will be installed in the new nurseries for children

trees for life

mountains

£240,360

ASHP, batteries and solar photovoltaic for the new Trees for Life education center Dundreggan Rewilding.

Liaison group

mountains

£812,013

Aerothermal heat pumps and energy efficiency for new social housing

Scottish Electric Power Networks

East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire and Highland

£1,270,000

Innovative heat pump project installing heat pumps, thermal storage and batteries and assessing the impact of electrification on the power grid.

Since 2015, over £60m has been committed through the LCITP, which is now coming to an end. A successor to the scheme, which will focus on delivering Scotland’s vision for heat in buildings, will be announced by this spring.

Zero Carbon Buildings Minister Patrick Harvie said: “Meeting our ambitious climate goals will require rapid reductions in carbon emissions in our homes and buildings. “I am therefore pleased to announce funding for these eight impressive projects, each of which demonstrates how, by working together, we can ensure that our homes and buildings are climate-friendly and bring benefits to communities and local economies throughout across the country.

“We continue to engage in other exciting funding opportunities, and will soon announce plans for a successor to LCITP that will provide significant investment in large-scale heat projects and heat networks.”