Scottish renewable firms working across 43 nations

Scottish renewable firms are now working in 43 countries around the globe. Their green projects have spread across every continent but Antarctica and are worth a total of more than £125 million, according […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Scottish renewable firms are now working in 43 countries around the globe.

Their green projects have spread across every continent but Antarctica and are worth a total of more than £125 million, according to new research from industry body Scottish Renewables.

Sustainable Scottish companies directly employ staff in 22 of these nations.

Aquatera, a consultancy from Orkney, has advised on marine energy investments in countries including the US, Chile, Columbia and Peru.

North Ayrshire’s Windhoist has installed 4,800 wind turbines around the world, in places as varied as South Africa and Morocco to Australia and Belgium.

Star Renewable Energy installed a heat pump in Drammen, Norway, which provides warmth for more than 60,000 residents and businesses in the city.

The European Marine Energy Centre, also in Orkney, is involved in planning the development of wave and tidal energy in Nagasaki, Japan.

Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “This research clearly shows that Scotland’s expertise in renewable energy is in demand around the world.

“The stretching targets set in Scotland have meant our home-grown green energy industry has developed skills which are in demand on every inhabited continent, bringing investment and income to Scotland from across the world.”

Researchers at an Aberdeen university have won £165,760 to support a marine energy centre in Indonesia.