Effectively - The vast majority of people consulted said they wanted to see buildings like Glendale Primary school be powered more sustainably. We built a model and issued simple engagement tools that eased participation. The kids and Parents planted a concentration of Renewable flags at Glendale Primary School.
Joe Smee from Local Energy Scotland was watching and gave us a prompt to pre register any possible buildings that might be able take solar panels for The UK governments - last round of - Feed in Tarrif. A scheme which incentivised the uptake of renewable Energy. As a practice, we dropped everything and jumped through the hoops in a matter of weeks - Glendale Primary school was registered with a day to spare.
Following hearing Richard Witney of On-site Generation speak at the CARES conference, having met Ellie Harrison and with a view to actually meeting the installation deadline, Andy jumped on to the Board of Glasgow Community energy ( GCE) where Ellie was Chair.
Every administrative obstacle you could imagine was put in the way, as it was Glasgow City Council,s first Community request for renewables on a building in their ownership.
On the GCE Board we had a member from the Edinburgh Solar Co op, - Jim Lee ( Energy for All ) who provided a pro forma accepted in Edinburgh, that aided with bureaucratic dead ends and legal obstacles.
We took no prisoners, ignored the dead ends and despite the pandemic- we won the day.
Solar panel Installations were completed on the roofs of Glendale Primary School in Pollokshields and on Ashton Secondary school in Easterhouse. These 2 schools are now generating renewables and lowering their Carbon foot print where 6 other strong contenders did not make it through the bureaucracy.
What’s the share offer money to be used for ?
Glasgow Community Energy have borrowed half of the installation costs and are looking to clear costs of 30 K through this community focussed share offer.
The Governments “ Feed in Tarrif” for each unit of clean electricity produced will generate income for GCE and that Income is to be distributed to other worthy arts culture and Energy projects through a city wide community benefit programme.
GCE Is a not for profit organisation and the majority of Board members including me contribute on a voluntary and non transactional basis.
You can Invest anything from £ 50.00 to £ 5 000.00
By following the link on this flier. Deadline - 18th June 2021.
Investing in this is not about making money, it’s about investing in accelerating change toward the saving of this lovely planet.
With these first buildings fully through process, there can be more of the same and the next more radical projects will start to evolve.
Following Completion of Community Consultation and reporting , We nominated Glendale primary school for FIT registration and have been involved in a 40 KW installation on its roof. Andrew sits on the Board to develop further Community focussed Renewable Energy projects.
For Full Report on COMMUNITY VIEWS ON REQUIRED RENEWABLE ENERGY - SEE OUR REPORT ON - Phase 2 - Making Places - https://www.scribd.com/document/447752971/Making-Places
Parents evening at Glendale Primary School with model and questionnaires
Mark Makers - Consultation Glendale Primary school kids play with the model and plant flags that express their desires.
Making Places Consultations Funded by Architecture + Design Scotland. In Pollokshields Community Centre
" Making Places' - Consultations Funded by Architecture + Design Scotland. In Pollokshields Community Centre