A group of organisations, co-ordinated by Scottish Renewables, asked the Department of Energy and Climate Change to allow social landlords to claim under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, or RHI, last year. The push – backed by WWF, Energy Action Scotland and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, among others – was successful, and the scheme was introduced last week.
Stephanie Clark, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland may not be famous for its clear skies, but technological advances and the falling price of solar mean we are now able to grasp the opportunities the sector presents."
Rumoured Conservative plans to eradicate onshore wind turbines would result in thousands of job losses in Scotland, raise energy bills and set back the growth of every renewable technology, the Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables has said.
Scotland’s green energy record was broken in 2013 – as new figures show wind, hydro, solar, and biomass generated enough electricity to meet 46.5% of the country’s needs.
Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “These decisions reinforce the uncertainty which developers have about the future of the offshore wind sector, and reinforce that continued, strong support from both the Scottish and UK Governments is absolutely critical to the future of the industry."
Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “The announcement by Siemens illustrates the scale of opportunity available to Scotland if we utilise our offshore wind potential."
Moray Firth sees two wind farm projects - MORL & BOWL - consented by Scottish Government
Allan Thomson thanked the Aquamarine Power team for their "passion and imagination".
Responding to Ofgem’s announcement, Scottish Renewables Director of Policy, Jenny Hogan, said: “We’re pleased that Ofgem remains committed to reducing the gulf in transmission charges for projects on the Scottish mainland compared to those south of the border. “However, the industry will be disappointed that this proposal will not now be implemented until April 2016 – two years after the new system was meant to come into effect.”
The findings suggest 28% of the Scottish renewable energy industry’s workforce are female.