Bute groups share nearly £60,000 in climate cash

TWO Bute organisations have been awarded almost £60,000 between them in the latest round of grants from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

The Bute Community Land Company has been given £41,000 to spend on a study which will examine the feasibility of setting up a hydro-electric power scheme in the community forest at Balnakailly in the north of the island.

And Fyne Futures, the ‘sustainability’ subsidiary of local housing association Fyne Homes, has been awarded £28,500 to fund its Towards Zero Carbon Bute project, which aims to reduce the island’s carbon footprint, for another 12 months.

The BCLC hydro scheme could result in a reduction of more than 228 tonnes in the island’s carbon emissions, while TZCB will look into generating more energy from renewable sources and making Bute less dependent on the mainland for its electricity supplies.

Eleven Argyll and Bute projects are to benefit from £908,294 from the fund - 11 per cent of the total money available.

Other Argyll and Bute projects which will receive cash as a result of this week’s announcement include the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust, which will receive £238,000, to spend partly on pre-development work on a community-owned wind farm, and the Strachur Memorial Hall Committee, which is to receive £7,500 to install a heating system which will allow rooms to be heated only when they are booked out to user groups.