Dumfries & Galloway College has launched a £1.8 million Green Energy Hub to promote sustainable economic growth, increased air quality and other aspects of environmental forward-planning in the region.
Helped by financing from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, the hub was officially opened by Principal Joanna Campbell and SP Energy Networks’ Chief Executive, Frank Mitchell, who were joined by local MSP, Joan McAlpine at the ceremony.
It aims to help tackle the challenges of heating, power, and water supply faced by the college and educate students about sustainability and clean technologies – SP Energy Networks has awarded £195,000 to the college to develop an onsite wind turbine, heat pumps, solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging points.
Principal Joanna Campbell said: “The scale of the opportunities that this new hub of technology and innovation will bring to the South of Scotland is simply astonishing.
“A project of this scale requires real and effective partnership to deliver, and we’re delighted to be working with our trusted and valued partners at SP Energy Networks in this way,
“While climate change is a significant and urgent problem, with projects like our hub leading the way, we can fight it together.”