Sustainable energy

Projects, plans and strategies that will help us improve energy efficiency and reduce our carbon emissions.

Overview

We're working to transform our heating and electricity systems so they use a greater amount of sustainable energy. By doing this, we'll help to deliver zero-carbon, affordable energy for all.

This guide rounds up details of our strategies, and provides an overview of some of the projects we're delivering in the Stirling area. 

Regional Energy Masterplan

As part of our City Region Deal with Clackmannanshire Council, we're developing a Regional Energy Masterplan.

Initial work on this will focus on mapping out:

  • energy demands
  • energy sources

We'll then use this information to help us:

  • identify low-carbon projects
  • match local demand with local supply
  • improve energy efficiency
  • reduce energy waste
  • reduce fuel poverty

To explain exactly how we’ll do this, we'll create a 25-year 'road map' with details of each 5-year phase.

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy

As part of our work on sustainable energy, we’re developing a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy.

This strategy will explain how we'll transform heating systems across the Council area by:

  • improving their energy efficiency
  • upgrading them to low or zero-carbon systems

It'll also outline how this work will support the Regional Energy Masterplan.

We expect to publish the strategy in December 2023.

Stirling Renewable Heat District Heating Project

In 2019, we worked with Scottish Water Horizons to install a low-carbon district heating network in the Forthside area of Stirling. We did this with funding from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, which includes European capital funds.

The network uses innovative technology to provide heat to buildings via hot water from Forthside’s waste water plant. Buildings that benefit from this include:

  • the Peak
  • Forthbank Stadium
  • St Modan’s High School
  • Jubilee House
  • the Barracks Development

We plan to bring in more users in the future, and might also expand the heating network.

Castleview Low Carbon Transport Hub

Opened in 2021, the Castleview Low Carbon Transport Hub is a vehicle charging station that uses renewable energy to power electric vehicle charger points.

The hub has:

  • 1,400 square metres of solar panels that produce about 200,000 kilowatts per hour of renewable electricity a year
  • battery storage capacity of 352 kilowatts per hour for periods of little or no sunlight

The hub's solar panels are fitted to canopies above the car parking spaces. The renewable electricity they produce powers 64 electric vehicle chargers.

The project to create the hub was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government.

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