Jenny McLaren, Director of Fife business The Natural Energy Company, said: “The need to apply for planning consent creates a timescale which is a real barrier to homeowners considering a heat pump instead of fossil fuel boiler."
Stephanie Clark, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Technologies like wind, hydro, biomass and solar are now part of our mainstream electricity mix. Scotland’s clean energy industry is creating jobs, driving investment and helping communities across the country tackle climate change – achievements of which we should all be rightly proud.”
Almost 12 million tonnes of CO2 emissions were displaced by green energy in Scotland in the most recent year for which data is available, figures released today show. The reduction – an average of around a million tonnes a month – is the highest ever recorded in Scotland.
Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart hosted the evening at Edinburgh’s EICC. He said: “This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and there is no better way to recognise them than in front of more than 1,200 of their peers."
Renewable energy has become Scotland’s main source of power, new independent figures have revealed. Records from the first half of 2014, the most recent period for which data is available, show renewables generated 32% more electricity than any other single source of power in Scotland.
Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "The Scottish Government should be applauded for the creation of Wave Energy Scotland, which will provide crucial support to the home-grown Scottish companies who dominate the sector and allow collaboration on key shared engineering issues."
A ‘Green Bond’ which would allow savers to generate returns from the growth of the UK’s renewable energy sector should be launched by the next UK Government, the head of the sector’s trade body in Scotland has said.
Newcomers to Scotland’s burgeoning renewable energy sector have signed up in droves for an initiative designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to take the industry to the next level.
Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “These consents represent a massive leap forward for Scotland’s emerging offshore wind industry, and take us a step closer to realising the social, economic and environmental benefits of this hugely-important technology.
The shortlist for the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2014 has been unveiled, with 52 individuals, companies and projects vying to scoop prizes in 14 prestigious categories.