Solar support for Dumfries & Galloway farms

Local Energy Scotland has launched an innovative group procurement scheme aimed at farmers in Dumfries and Galloway to make it easier to switch to solar power. Solar energy can be cheaper than retail price electricity and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems provide a reliable source of green energy. Systems are now cheaper than they have been before, and the new group procurement scheme will maximise these savings by allowing farmers to join up and buy solar panels in bulk.

Farmers could currently be paid for the electricity their system generates through the UK Government Feed-in Tariff. This incentive closes to new applicants in March 2019, so now is a good time for famers considering solar PV to act.

Launching initially as a pilot to farms in Dumfries & Galloway, Local Energy Scotland is supporting businesses through a group purchasing scheme, where each farm can buy solar PV systems based on the discounted total order. The Local Energy Scotland team also gives farms advice and support throughout the process, to help maximise the generation potential of these systems. Local Energy Scotland will facilitate the group procurement process, but interested farms will need to source funding for their own system.

Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland Manager, said:

“At Local Energy Scotland we want to make it as easy and accessible as possible for farmers to take action, get the benefits of renewable energy and take advantage of the last confirmed income from the Feed-in Tariff. That’s why we are offering our support to procure a bulk purchase of solar panels and will provide our advice and assistance throughout the process.”

Local Energy Scotland are also looking for contractors to participate in our initiative to facilitate and complete multiple PV installations. Interested installers can express interest using the link below.

Details of how to register interest and more information about the group procurement scheme is available here, or by calling 0808 808 2288.