Scotland ahead of schedule on community energy

Published on Monday, 29 April 2013 10:00
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Figures published yesterday show Scotland is ahead of schedule in meeting targets on community-owned renewable energy projects.

In Scotland, as of June 2012 more than 200MW of renewable generating capacity came from community and locally owned energy projects, representing 40% of the 500MW target for 2020 set out in the Scottish Government's Routemap for Renewable Energy.

Commenting, SNP member of the Scottish Parliament Energy Committee Chic Brodie MSP said:

"It's fantastic news that these projects have delivered more than 200 MW of renewable generating capacity - it's down to all the people in our communities, aided by the Scottish Government.

"Across the country, more than 5000 such projects now provide renewable heat and power both for local use and for the grid.

"Direct ownership by communities is a great idea that has helped drive the roll-out of renewables elsewhere in the world.

"Community projects have been taken up with huge enthusiasm across the country, and especially in the Highland and Islands. Smaller and more remote communities in particular see the obvious benefits of using the resources surrounding them to help increase their independence and security of supply."

Source: Scottish Government

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