Smaller scale renewable energy projects in Scotland could now be generating £200million worth of power a year.
There are now around 280 independent, commercial-scale projects across the country with a total capacity of 750MW – which includes projects such as wind turbines or marine energy schemes put up by community groups and farmers.
The latest estimates from SmartestEnergy show the same energy is generated as a small conventional power station – enough to power more than 500,000 households.
Iain Robertson, Generation Sales Manager for SmartestEnergy, which purchases electricity from independent generation sites and supplies large consumers including Marks & Spencer said: “Our estimates of the size of the market show how the combined strength of a large number of smaller-scale projects can have a real impact both in terms of generating income and in helping Scotland meet its climate change targets.”
Two such small schemes include the Udny Community Turbine in Aberdeenshire developed by the 2,500 local residents and the prestigious sporting estate, the Conaglen Estate in the Highlands which has developed a number of hydro schemes.