Aberdeen City Council has won a share of a £1million pot to progress its ambitions for hydrogen and solar projects.
The cash, coming via the Scottish Government’s Green Growth Accelerator (GGA), will allow the local authority to drive forward its plans for a solar energy farm, enhanced hydrogen fuel distribution and expanding its fleet of hydrogen-fuelled refuse collection vehicles.
In total, the hydrogen and solar projects are expected to cost £8m but the funding award will allow Aberdeen City Council to develop the business case and seek out further investment.
Council leader Jenny Laing said: “Today’s announcement is another step in ensuring Aberdeen is at the forefront of Scotland’s energy transition.
“Hydrogen is already here in the city and we continue to pioneer and deliver innovative, low-carbon infrastructure investments which support the city-region’s economic growth and decarbonisation targets now, and in the future.”
Aberdeen City Council has a hydrogen infrastructure investment programme across housing, heating and transport to contribute to UK and Scottish Government climate targets.
The GGA programme was developed with support of the Scottish Futures Trust to catalyse public and private investment in low carbon infrastructure across Scotland.