After we teamed up with the only other shortlisted Scottish project in the UK wide Energyshare competion to launch our final push for votes on St Andrews day, a motion has been lodged at Holyrood calling on everyone in Scotland to vote for our projects.
Remarkably, more than 24,000 votes have been cast in the online poll, with more than 3100 of those votes coming our way. Despite this, the Portobello and Leith Community Wind Turbine project is still only a tiny handful of votes ahead in the polls at the moment, with less than 48 hours to go before voting closes.
It is extremely likey that our nearest rivals in the competition will gain more votes in the closing phase of the competition, so if you have not yet voted for the project, or you know anyone who has not yet voted for the project, please vote, and then nag your friends/aquaintances/neighbours/colleagues to do the same. You can do it here, now: http://www.energyshare.com/voting/
Your vote could really be the one that makes the difference between us gaining tens of thousands of pounds of funding – or getting nothing. You can find out more about our plans by clicking here.
Greener Leith volunteers will be encouraging Leithers to vote for our project tomorrow (friday) by holding a “vote-a-thon” at both libraries in Leith tomorrow around lunchtime.
The full text of the Holyrood motion reads:
Motion S4M-01448 — Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (Scottish National Party) : Vote, Vote, Vote for Strathpeffer, Portobello and Leith
That the Parliament congratulates Strathpeffer Community Centre in Ross-shire and Portobello and Leith Community Wind Energy Project in Edinburgh for making it through to the final round of voting in the Energyshare.com contest to receive funding toward completion of their community renewables and energy saving projects; notes that they are the only Scottish projects to make it through to the final round and congratulates them on what it sees as their drive and tenacity in pursuing their projects to this stage; notes that they have chosen St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day, to launch a campaign for Scots to support their two projects; notes that both projects have engaged with the local community in the promotion of renewable energy and energy saving; considers that community-owned renewables and energy saving can make an important contribution to tackling climate change and reducing fuel bills, and encourages all those who support community-owned renewables and energy saving to register their support for these projects on the energyshare.com website by 3 December 2011.
At the time of writing the motion has been supported by the following MSPs: Sandra White, Annabelle Ewing, Angus MacDonald, David Torrance, John Finnie, Dennis Robertson, Margaret Burgess, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie
However, many local MSPs have already publicly stated their backing for our bid including Malcolm Chisholm, Kenny McAskill, Alison Johnstone and Kezia Dugdale.