ACCESS (Assisting Communities to Connect to Electrical Sustainable Sources) is an innovative project which will enable the real time matching of local renewable electricity generation to local electricity demand in off-gas-grid properties in order to use renewable energy to heat homes efficiently and affordably.The aim is to link a new 400kW hydro plant to local electrical demand on the island of Mull (and neighbouring Iona).
They intend to provide 350kW of controllable, smart demand using the Quantum Smart Electric Thermal Storage System in homes with existing electric, oil or LPG central heating. The installation of the Quantum heaters started in December 2015 and is on going. Funded through the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund and Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance and valued at £2 million, the ACCESS Project aims to drive the development of financially viable grid connections for small scale generators in transmission constrained areas of the Scottish networks.
The ACCESS Project will be delivered by a multidisciplinary consortium made up of SSE, Community Energy Scotland, Element Energy, VCharge, and Mull and Iona Community Trust. It is one of six projects being trialled by the Local Energy Challenge Fund throughout Scotland.