A ground-breaking new local energy company has been launched to help Orkney make the most of its renewable energy potential.
ReFLEX Orkney Ltd will offer a range of green energy services, including a local renewable electricity tariff, electric vehicle leasing options and support with the installation of EV chargers.
It places the islands at the forefront of the move towards reducing carbon emissions and leading a green revolution. The firm is part of the wider £28.5 million ReFLEX Orkney project, which is part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, matched by the private sector.
Orkney already generates over 100% of its electricity demand annually from renewable energy and the ReFLEX project aims to help local residents make the most of that supply.
As well as the new energy company, the scheme will showcase innovative new technologies like batteries, smart chargers and smart meters. There will also be community initiatives too, including electric buses, a local electric car club and the integration of green hydrogen for storage and transport.
The new services are available exclusively to Orkney residents who are members of ReFLEX. It’s free to join and a dedicated support team is in place to offer help and advice to local energy customers.
The next step for the wider project will focus on battery storage linking with micro-generation and a heating installation service to help lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.
More information on membership and services is available at the new ReFLEX Orkney website.
The Promoting Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.