Three UK institutions are working to develop enough electricity to power two universities.
The Crown Estate, Aberdeen University and The Robert Gordon University (RGU) are to carry out a project that will produce enough energy for two universities.
It is thought the venture will deliver long-term economic and environmental and benefits and reduce carbon production.
First steps are being taken by SgurrEnergy to assess the development potential of The Crown Estate’s rural land and to look into which type renewable energy technology will suit the areas.
A feasibility study has identified sites at Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill.
Alan Laidlaw, rural portfolio manager for The Crown Estate, said he was delighted to be working with Aberdeen University and RGU.
He added: “Combining a commercial, active and long-term approach to asset management is key to ensuring sustainable development.
“This joint project could provide significant economic and environmental benefits for years to come and also help contribute to Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy targets.”
Mike McCall, director of finance at RGU, said: “The project is an opportunity to work in collaboration, towards shared objectives, with two like-minded organisations.
“We hope that there will also be scope to engage academic staff and students in research and experiential learning linked to the project, as well working with local communities for mutual benefit.”
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