In 2011, as a result of the positive work that had taken place in the village, the Scottish Government awarded the Fintry community exemplar status and awarded FDT funding from the Scottish Governments Exemplar Fund. This allowed FDT to continue its progress on energy efficiency for another 9 months.
During this period FDT launched the Fintry Grant scheme which entitled all Fintry households to a grant of £500 to install energy saving measures such as wood burning stoves, double glazing, insulation etc. This scheme is funded directly through income generated from the community wind turbine at Earlsburn Windfarm. In 2011 thirty seven of the village’s homes had received a grant from FDT for a range of energy saving measures. The combined saving of CO2 from these individual energy saving measures was considerable.
FDT continued to provide its bespoke energy advice programme to both domestic homes and business within the village. As a result of this service FDT energy advisers supported the installation of 10 renewable energy systems: five 4kW PV arrays, one Ground Source Heat Pump, and four Air Source Heat Pumps. FDT also facilitated the installation of ten insulation upgrades, three homes draught proofed, one replacement door, thirteen wood stoves, four new radiators, three heating control upgrades, two glazing upgrades and one replacement storage heater. All of these energy efficiency improvements where supported financially through FDTs grant scheme. Our advice and partnership also resulted in the installation of the Fintry Sports Club Biomass Boiler.
FDT also addressed community transport issues by developing FEET, Fintry Energy Efficient Transport, the village’s community car club. FEET has grown steadily since it was launched, the club now has over 30 members – out of an adult population of roughly 500 people – all of whom use the cars on a regular basis. FEET enables its members the opportunity to give up a second or even primary car – 5 of our members have already done so. FEET was implemented to address the village’s transportation issues as the village has no access to public transport. Each household has on average 1.4 cars, as access to a car was imperative for residents within the village.
2011 saw FDT addressing the availability of sustainable food sources with the planting of the Fintry Community Orchard. Our trees were planted around the periphery of the village playing fields, we planted a range of varieties of apple, pear, plumb and damson.