Farm Scale Solar Co-operative

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 photovoltaic (PV) panels can provide a low cost, reliable source of green energy, and the new scheme will allow farms to make savings by joining up and making a bulk purchase of panels and installation services. 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.

The group procurement scheme is initially launching as a pilot to farms in Dumfries and Galloway. The Local Energy Scotland team will be on hand to give 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.

Interested? Download the case study and expression of interest form here.

Invitation for Solar Installers 

Local Energy Scotland are also looking for contractors to participate in our initiative to facilitate and complete multiple PV installations. This invitation is open to all solar installers that are MCS accredited, work in Scotland and can achieve the standards set out in the invitation document. This document also acts as an expression of interest form and can be submitted to Responses for the initial pilot round of procurement are due by 24 September 2018. Other interested parties can apply to join anytime, with an updated list being produced monthly. If unsuccessful, contractors are invited to submit interest again 6 months after first responding. 

Interested? Download the invitation here