UK-based Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust (REWDT) will trial its new Heat Smart Orkney project in Scotland’s Orkney Islands by connecting renewable generation from wind turbines to the heating systems in the homes of local residents.

The organisation will test its new smart-control system on approximately 100 households in the Scottish islands. The project will divert excess electricity unable to be supplied to the grid to newly-installed heating devices in Orkney households.

Interested residents will be invited to receive a home assessment, which will be followed by the installation of energy efficient heating devices. These are connected to a cloud control centre via the internet and any extra electricity used will be metered and a rebate will be paid to the householder.

"The devices are connected to a cloud control centre via the internet and any extra electricity used will be metered and a rebate will be paid to the householder."

For this project, REWDT has received a grant of £1.2m from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund. This is part of the £10m grant awarded by the Scottish Government to support nine large-scale, low carbon energy projects across the country through the Local Energy Challenge Fund.

The fund's project manager Laura Campbell said: “Community energy represents tremendous potential to empower people to make the most of their local resources.

“By supporting local energy development we can help tackle some of our most pressing energy issues including fuel poverty, increasing costs, and security of supply.”

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