Community Renewables Meets 2020 Target
Local Energy Scotland welcomes the news that an estimated 508MW of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity is now operational in Scotland. This fantastic achievement means that the target of 500MW by 2020 has been met five years early.
The news was announced today by the Energy Minister Fergus Ewing who said:
“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. 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.”
This announcement also follows the recent publication of the Scottish Government’s first ever Community Energy Policy Statement, which outlines the economic and social benefits of shared energy ownership and promotes a new approach to energy development in Scotland.
Through the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), Local Energy Scotland supports community and local ownership of renewable energy projects. This year for example, a number of projects have become operational with CARES support, contributing to the fantastic achievement of over 500MW of capacity in Scotland. The Marshill Turbine in South Lanarkshire and Point and Sandwick Community Windfarm near Stornoway have a combined capacity of 12.9MW and are the latest of a number of successful community and locally owned projects now operational in Scotland.
Through the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), Local Energy Scotland supports the community or local ownership of renewable energy projects