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Scotland a ‘world leader for renewables’ in 2017

Jan 2018 Latest News, Renewables | Comments Off on Scotland a ‘world leader for renewables’ in 2017

Scotland remained at the forefront of the global renewables revolution in 2017, according to environmental and industry groups.

Highlights from the year included the world’s first floating wind farm delivering electricity to the Scottish grid and the largest solar farm in Scotland receiving the green light.

Dr Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland acting director, said: “This year continued to build on the great success we saw during 2016. Scotland remains a world leader in renewables innovation, utilising our immense natural resources. With well over half of our electricity needs now being met from renewable sources the low carbon revolution is well and truly underway.

“We need to build on this to drive forward renewable energy in our heat and transport sectors. The Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver 50% of all energy from renewables across heat, transport and electricity was one of the year’s most significant signals of intent.

“The announcement about phasing out new polluting petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 is an important first step but the commitment to 50% renewable energy needs to be matched by bold, concrete new actions to deliver.”

Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The achievements made by Scotland’s renewable energy industry in 2017 are something of which the whole country can be proud. In an uncertain policy environment, the 26,000 people who work in green energy have continued to ensure that the maximum economic, social and environmental benefits from the growth of renewables are delivered across Scotland.”

STAR Renewables director Dave Pearson said: “We know that there is an eight-fold surplus of heat in the Clyde for large heat pumps to deliver the heat that Glasgow city centre needs. Scottish Government funding in the Gorbals will allow us to demonstrate this. However, widespread uptake needs more than vision and support. It is fundamentally wrong for public sector funds to be spent in universities, hospitals, schools etc on the continued use of gas that will undermine progress towards national and international goals.”

  • Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract by Cobra Wind to provide the cable system and accessories to connect the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm to mainland UK.