Edinburgh estate residents set for cheaper energy

Householders at Edinburgh are to benefit from cheaper energy bills after a new energy scheme was confirmed. Residents of the Dumbiedykes estate will now be able to buy energy collectively […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Householders at Edinburgh are to benefit from cheaper energy bills after a new energy scheme was confirmed.

Residents of the Dumbiedykes estate will now be able to buy energy collectively from suppliers rather than via more expensive individual contracts. They will also be able to source their energy from solar panels on the roofs.

The Tower Power project received a funding award of £821,200 from the Scottish Government and supports a Comas initiative aiming to save households money.

Ruth Campbell, Chief Executive of Comas, said: “Fuel poverty is a major aspect of the experience of poverty in Scotland. This initiative is a practical solution which, coupled with action on food security and welfare benefits, can change a community for the better, financially and environmentally”.

A co-operative will be established to ensure all 670 homes within the development will be able to benefit.

The funding boost came as the Scottish Government awarded more than £10 million to support nine large-scale, low carbon energy projects across the country.