Last month ACCESS Project Partner's, Community Energy Scotland, Mull and Iona Community Trust, SSE and VCharge were on-hand at three drop-in workshops around Mull. VCharge talked particpants through their exciting new app (available from September) whilst the rest of the group talked through participant queries and demonstrated how to change the temperature settings on the new storage heaters provided to some of the householders taking part in the Trial.
The installation phase of the ACCESS Project is all but complete and the Project partners are busily working to begin the Trial phase of the project. That means actively matching our participant's existing heating demand with locally produced renewable energy from the Garmony hydro scheme. This will happen automatically, so our participants don’t need to do anything differently. Their newly fitted dynamos, with VCharge’s software behind the scenes, will do everything for them!
Since June VCharge have been matching an increasing number of homes and will continue to do so over the next few weeks until every participant in the project is able to maximise their use of Garmony’s green energy. Given the time of year, our Participant's heating demands are slightly lower than normal, and Garmony’s output is less too, as there is less rain (and hopefully more sun!). But this is exactly the time for us to get everything set up and make sure our participants feel comfortable with the way thier new heating system works.
Be sure to watch this space for details of our "Go Live" Launch Event planned for early September.