Community and Locally Owned Map Launched
We are delighted to today launch a new map showing community and locally owned renewable energy across Scotland. The map, developed on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with Scene Consulting, shows the combined total of all projects, currently contributing 510MW of installed capacity across the country.
Speaking on the early achievement of the Scottish Government's 500MW target for community and locally owned energy, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing commented:
“I am delighted we have met this target early which creates a huge opportunity to increase our ambition and to keep Scotland in the lead. We will be considering the scope to review our target alongside other energy policy development over the coming months."
“Community energy represents tremendous potential to empower people to make the most of their own local resources. By creating a system that focuses on local energy, we can help to tackle some of our most pressing issues – from security of supply, to increasing energy costs – and stimulate local economic renewal."
Chris Morris, Project Manager of Local Energy Scotland commented:
"The map is a great way to display the progress that the local and community energy sector has made. The breakdown of the 500MW target is publically available to browse, and there is information on who the local beneficiaries are for many of the projects. Every project delivers income or savings to a local area, keeping benefits in Scotland and helping us to maximise the potential of our renewable energy resource."
You can browse the map at www.localenergyscotland.org/projects
The map is supported by an annual report of community and locally owned energy projects, compiled by the Energy Saving Trust. The full report will be available for download in due course from the Energy Saving Trust website.
The map is a great way to display the progress that the local and community energy sector has made.