£195k ‘green’ grant awarded

Col­lege lands SP En­ergy cash

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stephen Tem­lett

Dum­fries and Gal­loway Col­lege has been awarded £195,000 to­wards re­new­able tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment.

The grant is from the £20 mil­lion SP En­ergy Net­works Green Econ­omy Fund.

The fund, set up ear­lier this year by the elec­tric­ity net­work op­er­a­tor, sup­ports the green tar­gets of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to boost lo­cal eco­nomic growth, im­prove air qual­ity across the coun­try and de­liver a bet­ter fu­ture, quicker.

SP En­ergy Net­works’ chief Frank Mitchell re­vealed the suc­cess­ful projects at Glas­gow’s River­side Mu­seum and urged other projects to ap­ply for the next round.

He said: “Dum­fries and Gal­loway Col­lege is lead­ing the way in re­new­ables ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal busi­ness sup­port. The new fa­cil­ity will help ex­pand the area’s green econ­omy and ac­cel­er­ate lo­cal eco­nomic growth.

“The fund will pro­vide them with the fi­nan­cial boost re­quired to add qual­ity and diver­sity.”

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Carol Turnbull said: “The fund will al­low us to

pro­vide ac­cess to a wider range of re­new­ables tech­nolo­gies which will then be show­cased in our new re­new­ables STEM cen­tre.

“The tech­nolo­gies will be used to pro­vide prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions for our heat­ing, power and wa­ter as well as be­ing used as vi­tal teach­ing

tools for the re­new­ables sec­tor. This gives us a chance to en­gage di­rectly with busi­nesses in a bid to boost the re­gion’s green econ­omy. It will also be used to pro­vide sup­port for vul­ner­a­ble groups to en­sure this fa­cil­ity ben­e­fits all ar­eas of our com­mu­nity.”

Boost The col­lege’s Wil­liam Cur­rie, right, with SP En­ergy’s Frank Mitchell

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