Fintry welcomes UK-first energy project 14.10.16

A pioneering ‘smart energy’ project is being launched in Fintry to help cut residents’ energy bills and reduce the area’s carbon footprint.

The SMART Fintry project will give residents more control over their energy by using the latest technology to link their homes with local sources of renewable electricity.

The first project of its kind in the UK, SMART Fintry aims to set a new blueprint for making communities more energy-self-sufficient while also helping to tackle climate change.

Funded by The Local Energy Challenge Fund managed by Local Energy Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the project is being run by local group Fintry Development Trust, together with a consortium of commercial and academic partners, including renewable energy supplier Good Energy.

Gordon Cowtan, a Fintry resident and founder of Fintry Development Trust said: “This is a cutting-edge project and we’re really proud to have been awarded funding to make it happen in our local community. “Many Fintry households will see lower bills from joining the project, and we’re hoping to introduce even more benefits going forward.”

Government funding is being used to provide a free smart meter, an electricity meter which sends readings automatically, for every household which joins the scheme.

Jennifer Ramsay from the Local Energy Scotland said: “It’s fantastic to see Fintry at the forefront of smart energy, and this project demonstrates the benefits technology can bring.

“I would encourage every household in the village to join SMART Fintry; it’s a fantastic opportunity to become part of an exciting project with real tangible benefits for local people.”

Will Vooght, innovation manager at Good Energy said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from Fintry so far.

“As well as lower bills and more control over energy usage, SMART Fintry participants have the added benefit of being supplied by 100% renewable electricity.”

Notes to editors

 A launch event will take place at Fintry Sports and Recreation Club on Friday 2nd September. Representatives from Fintry Development Trust and Good Energy will be on hand to explain more about the project and invite households to register.
 Fintry residents are being invited to sign up to a new 100% renewable electricity tariff created by Good Energy for Fintry residents – many of whom would save money by switching their home to the tariff
 SMART Fintry is a project which aims to test and prove a new way to purchase electricity that’s cheaper and greener
 Fintry residents will be virtually linked to local renewable energy generators, and an online platform will match supply

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