Community and Locally Owned Energy Report 2015

Local Energy Scotland welcomes the findings of the latest report published by the Energy Saving Trust on the progress of community and locally owned renewable energy installations in Scotland.

The report shows that an estimated minimum of 508MW of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity is operational in Scotland as at September 2015. This fantastic achievement means that the Scottish Government target of 500MW by 2020 has been met five years early.

The operating capacity results come from a total of more than 11,940 individual renewable energy installations in Scotland. It also represents a 41% increase on the last report (capacity at June 2014), when the operating capacity was estimated at 361MW.    

The Energy Saving Trust maintains the database of relevant installations associated with this report to track the progress of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity in Scotland. Looking forward, the community and locally owned database will continue to be used to monitor progress now that the 500MW target has been passed. The Scottish Government has also committed to review the target to ensure its support for community and local owned renewable energy is undiminished.  

You can read the full report, and all previous reports at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/community-energy-reports

You can also find out more about the projects across Scotland by browsing the recently launched Community and Locally Owned Map. The interactive map shows the projects which are contributing to Scottish targets for community and locally owned energy, alongside projects which have received CARES funding from Local Energy Scotland. You can view the map here


The report shows that an estimated minimum of 508MW of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity is operational in Scotland