Tower Power

Project lead: Community Energy Scotland

Project partners: Energy Local, Our Power, TMA, The City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council

Area: Edinburgh (with additional test site in Glasgow)

Main technology: Aggregation of electricity

Grant awarded: £380,974

Project summary:

Tower Power is driven by reducing the cost of energy bills for residents in high density housing  led by the charity Community Energy Scotland (CES) and partnered with Energy Local, Our Power, TMA, The City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council.

The objective of Tower Power is to aggregate (or pool together) energy demand from local communities and match it to local renewable technologies in order to provide cheaper energy through a local energy model. The project is also looking at other ways to reduce the cost of energy via aggregation such as installing technology to enable demand side management opportunities and buying energy in bulk to get a better deal. 

In the long term, Tower Power aims to be run by a local community company who are responsible for running the project and looking after the local residents signed up to the Tower Power scheme.

Between now and the end of March 2018 project partners will focus on the metering required and building the business case for the concept and hope that a trial will follow shortly after.