Energy efficiency boost to business model!

Energy efficiency boost to business model!

Name of organisation/business: 
Jack's Alt-Stays
£40,991.65 - Community Led local Development - Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) – Small Capital Fund (2022/23)
Scottish Rural Development Programme priority: 
Enhancing the rural economy
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Two cousins, Daniel Jack and Adam Jack, launched their tourism business on the Isle of Cumbrae in 2022, with five self-catering cabins designed and constructed on the island. 

Key to the Jack's business priorities is the environment, which is at the heart of every decision they make, and they are justifiably proud of their journey to Carbon Neutrality for the business.

Adam said:

“We’ve always strived to be a genuinely environmentally sustainable business, through efforts such as tree planting initiatives in partnership with Ecologi, and our local and sustainable build processes, however a lack of funds during the early stages of our start-up meant we were unable to install our own green energy infrastructure from the outset.

Up until January 2023, we’ve been powering our cabins through the national grid, supplied by the 100% green energy supplier – Octopus Energy.

Despite amazing efforts of Octopus to make green energy accessible to all, we always wanted to have something tangible which would allow us to generate our own on-site renewable energy.

After applying for Scottish Government Community Led Local Development (CLLD) grant funding, through the Local Action Group's Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Small Capital Fund, we managed to secure some vital funing near the end of 2022. This has allowed us to install 8 x solar panels on the roofs of each of our 5 cabins in Millport.

The installation took place during early January, and we’re delighted with the final product”.

In this case study, the cousins share details of the upgrades undertaken, project development and the lessons learned - full case study here