Scotland now has more than 450 community energy projects, according to figures from the Scottish Parliament.

The number of community-owned scheme has jumped by 62% since 2011.

Gillian Martin, a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee, said: “The rapid increase in community-owned green energy projects can not only help communities cut down on their carbon footprint, but it will also save them money – providing them with the energy they need now and in the future as the technology progresses further.”

Commentators have pointed to the Community Empowerment Act and the Local Energy Challenge Fund as factors boosting the number of projects.

More funds for London renewables

Meanwhile, the Mayor of London has launched the second round of grants from the London Community Energy Fund.

Last year’s £150,000 was shared among 11 solar projects.

This year’s £150,000 is available to a wider selection of technologies that can generate clean energy or reduce energy demand.

> Find out more about the London Community Energy Fund