Mull community energy project aims to connect off-grid consumers to renewable energy

Posted 27 April 2015 by Energy Networks Association in Smart Consumers, Smarter Networks

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An innovative energy project that will explore the possibility of developing a system for supplying electricity from renewable sources straight to local consumers in rural areas is planned for the Isle of Mull.

Project ACCESS (Assisting Communities to Connect to Electrical Sustainable Sources) will enable the real-time matching of local renewable electricity generation to local electricity demand in off-gas-grid properties.

Part funded through the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund and valued at just over £2 million, Project ACCESS aims to drive the development of financially viable grid connections for small scale generators in transmission constrained areas of the Scottish networks.

The project will be delivered by a consortium comprising SSE, Community Energy Scotland, Element Energy, VCharge, and Mull and Iona Community Trust. It is one of six projects being trialled by the Local Energy Challenge Fund throughout Scotland.