Solar-powered homes could be built on top of Edinburgh river

Sep 15, 2013 in Uncategorised

A group of solar-powered homes could be built on top of a river in Edinburgh.

Local renewable energy firm Sustainable Renewable Technologies (SRT) has released an artist’s impression of the project and will soon begin discussions regarding the necessary planning permission.

The properties in the image have flat roofs with solar panels planted on top of them. These flat roof systems also appear to have room for seating.

Developer SRT EcoBuild wants to have the first building set up as a showroom within the next couple of months.

In an interview with, the firm’s managing director Tom King said: “Certain negotiations are still under way, but this project is a reality and will come to fruition. It’s likely that these kinds of dwellings will become more and more popular in years to come.

“At the moment we are discussing building properties which measure around ten metres by four metres, but in reality any kind of structure is possible. Anything you can build on land, we can build on water.”

The announcement comes during what has been a busy week for renewable technology in Edinburgh. According to, the local government has given consent for the first tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth.