Perthshire Energy Park Could Help Meet Demand for Low-carbon Tech

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It is hoped that solar power, heat pump technology and a biomass facility will generate enough electricity to power thousands of locals businesses and homes.

A multimillion-pound energy park is to be created in Perthshire woodland.

The Dupplin Estate is working on proposals to develop a wooded area on the southern edge of the city, creating “significant” numbers of skilled jobs.

It is hoped that new heat pump technology, solar power and a biomass facility could generate enough electricity to power thousands of locals businesses and homes.

A spokesman for the Dupplin Renewable Energy Company, which is overseeing the development, told The Courier: “We are investigating the potential to create a mixed-use low-carbon energy park to supply high heat demand clusters within the city of Perth and the new development of Perth West, with locally sourced power.

“A wide range of renewable technologies will be included, along with associated infrastructure and access for vehicles.”

The site was selected due to its strategically important location close to the city and existing infrastructure.

The spokesperson added: “We’re working closely with a range of parties including Perth and Kinross Council to ensure the project is integrated with the city.”

A series of consultation events will be held to keep local residents updated on the development.

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The spokesperson said: “The driver for this development is Scottish Government energy strategy and the Tay Cities Deal, which are aligned with the UK’s industrial strategy in terms of the transition to a low carbon economy through projects that support skills development and employment opportunities,” he said.

“This project could have a transformative effect on the local economy, positioning Perth as a leading Scottish city in this field. This could lead to the creation of a significant number of skilled jobs, both in research and development, and in the design and implementation of these new technologies.

“This is a really exciting project which meets the need to reduce our carbon footprint nationally and also aligns well with the business sector in Scotland as part of the strong demand for low-carbon technologies and services.”

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