Scotland’s solar industry hits 100MW milestone

Scotland has installed more than 100MW of solar capacity, according to new statistics. Figures from energy regulator Ofgem showed Scotland has 106MW of solar PV, a 36% rise since this […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scotland has installed more than 100MW of solar capacity, according to new statistics.

Figures from energy regulator Ofgem showed Scotland has 106MW of solar PV, a 36% rise since this time last year.

It also revealed more than 28,000 households, 465 businesses, 56 communities and 22 industrial sites have fitted solar arrays across the country.

The Energy Technology Partnership, WWF Scotland and the Scottish Solar Energy Group hailed the news as a “significant milestone” and is calling on the Scottish Government to “do all it can” to help more homes and businesses go solar.

Dr Anne-Marie Fuller, Business Development Executive covering solar for the Energy Technology Partnership and Chairperson of the Scottish Solar Energy Group said: “Scotland might seem like an unlikely place for solar but if you look at a solar radiation map, Scotland receives about 80% and in some parts 90% of the solar energy of Germany, the world leader in solar deployment with about 35GW installed to date. So there is absolutely no reason we couldn’t be deploying significantly more solar if we really wanted to.”

Scotland aims to deliver 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of the decade.