Saturday, 11 August 2018 05:14

COMMUNITY RENEWABLES PROJECTS SURGE UNDER SNP

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ACTION SUPPORTING COMMUNITY GREEN ENERGY

The number of community-owned renewable energy projects in Scotland has surged by a staggering 62% since 2011 – with over 450 local communities now benefitting from green power initiatives.

The SNP Government has a strong track record on supporting community empowerment and helping communities take steps to develop new renewable energy projects – despite huge subsidy cuts from the Tory government at Westminster.

Initiatives such as the Community Empowerment Act and the Local Energy Challenge Fund have helped support communities to develop their own low carbon energy – with 456 communities benefitting from wind, solar, hydro, heat pump and biomass projects across the country, a growth of over 62% in the last 7 years, according to stats from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

Commenting, SNP MSP Gillian Martin, who sits on Holyrood’s Economy Committee, said:

“Renewable energy is the future – and it’s incredible to see so many communities already benefitting from these projects.

“The rapid increase in community-owned green energy projects can not only help communities cut down on their carbon footprint, but it will also save them money – providing them with the energy they need now and in the future as the technology progresses further.

“And as the planet continues to warm and the devastating impact of climate change hits communities across the globe, the need for these small, community-based projects becomes ever more important as we seek a sustainable future.

“This is why it is so short sighted that the Tories have cut subsidies for the renewable sector – we need to support this technology and help it develop and succeed for the good of the environment, public health and the economy. The Tories should be reinstating subsidies and supporting this sector as a matter of urgency.

“Despite these challenges, it is excellent to see communities across Scotland benefitting with continued Scottish Government investment – and it’s clear that this is a sector that will continue to thrive for decades to come with the right support.”

ENDS

Notes:


Community-owned renewable projects in Scotland, 2011-2017 (Source: SPICe)

Technology Category June 2011 June 2012 June 2013 June 2014 June 2015 June 2016 June 2017 New Projects 2011-17 % growth 2011-17
Biomass (wood) 36 39 48 56 58 60 60 24 66.7%
Energy from waste 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 -
Heat Pump 80 86 91 113 118 118 119 39 48.8%
Hydro 9 11 12 14 23 (1) 29 (1) 33 (3) 24 266.7%
Solar PV 14 17 20 26 30 32 32 18 128.6%
Solar Thermal 50 51 53 64 66 66 66 16 32.0%
Wind 91 (4) 95 (4) 112 (9) 127 (9) 131 (9) 136 (12) 143 (13) 52 57.1%
Unspecified 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 -
Total 281 (4) 300 (4) 337 (9) 403 (9) 429 (10) 444 (13) 456 (16) 175 62.3%
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