1. How is ACCESS Funded?
ACCESS is a £2.5m smart grid demonstration project that was one of 6 projects awarded funding by the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.
The project partnership are delighted to have been given this opportunity to develop new ways for small scale electricity generators to get connected to the grid, and for those generators to supply affordable electric heat directly to local households and businesses.
2. Why will ACCESS only happen on Mull?
Because of the novel concept and technologies that are being applied, it makes sense to test them in one place before deploying them more widely.
As an island with a relatively simple network, and a community that is very ambitious about their renewable energy potential, Mull is a great place to start.
Prior to any installations going ahead on Mull there will be rigorous testing at a dedicated electricity network test centre.
3. Will ACCESS be available in my area soon?
It is the ambition of the project partners to roll out the concept as soon as possible, but this is subject to proving the commercial viability of the model, and confirming that there are no negative impacts for other network users.