Volunteers from Greener Leith have been celebrating as their renewable energy project won the public vote in the Energyshare.com contest last Saturday 3rd December. The project, a collaboration between neighbouring community groups Pedal – Portobello Transition Town and Greener Leith, plans to build the first urban community-owned wind in Edinburgh. We beat off competition from nearly 1,000 other community renewables projects from around the UK, had 4,721 people voting for us and won some £80K of funding. We will use the funding to complete feasibility studies for the wind turbine which is expected to go to planning permission during 2012.
Greener Leith would like to thank everyone who voted online, tweeted, facebooked, blogged and badgered their friends and colleagues to support the project. We are delighted to be the most popular project in the Energyshare.com contest, but the turbine is not built yet. There are still have a number of hurdles to overcome, but this vote gives a clear message that the project has widespread support, for which we are extremely grateful.