The newly awarded funding (£482,107) , will be put towards the delivery of the Micro Hydro Scheme as part of the Saughton Park restoration project.
The project will see a mirco hydro-electric system established on the Water of Leith, which will power two ground source heat pumps and generate energy for the park’s light and building once their refurbishment is complete.
The system, an Archimedes Screw Turbine, is a form of hydro-power that can be effectively used on low head/high flow sites. The Saughton Park one will be installed on an existing weir. In addition, it is hoped that the use of green energy in the play park will help showcase the use of renewable energy and engage local children with the technology.
Funding for the Micro Hydro Scheme has been awarded from a share of the Scottish Power Energy Networks’ £20 million fund. Established earlier this year, it recognises initiatives that support Scotland’s green energy plans and local economic growth. It is expected work will begin on the micro hydro-electric scheme in March next year.
Micro Hydro Scheme Welcomed by Locals
Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “This is fantastic news and a real boost to what is already a landmark project to revamp this historic park. Aside from the environmental, educational and social benefits the restoration and development of Saughton Park and its buildings will bring to the community and further afield, this innovative micro-hydro scheme will have an additional impact on reducing our carbon footprint.
“Thanks to almost half a million pounds worth of funding from the Scottish Power Energy Networks Green Economy Fund, along with the hard work of the project team and dedicated Friends of Saughton park members, we will be able to deliver a fully integrated renewable energy solution at Saughton Park.”
Shona Nelson, Chair of the Friends of Saughton Park, added: “The Friends of Saughton Park are thrilled that the Micro Hydro Scheme has been awarded the funds to proceed. This will turn what is already a fantastic project in Saughton Park into a truly green development – so appropriate for a public park!
“The fact that the park will be showcasing the use of renewable energy will, we hope, engage the many local children who are already enjoying our new facilities.”