Scotland sees tree-mendous renewable energy boost

  Scotland’s national forest estate is now generating more than 1GW of renewable energy. That’s enough to power around 500,000 homes every year, according to latest statistics from Forestry Commission […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha
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Scotland’s national forest estate is now generating more than 1GW of renewable energy.

That’s enough to power around 500,000 homes every year, according to latest statistics from Forestry Commission Scotland.

The majority of the green power generation comes from wind farms and the rest from large-scale hydro projects.

Forest Enterprise Scotland receives around £11 million every year from leasing the land for energy projects, with the income being reinvested into forestry programmes.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity said: “This generation of clean renewable energy generation is playing an important contribution to our ambitious climate change programme. However, the benefits don’t stop there.

“Communities across the country, often in remote rural areas, are currently benefiting from over £2.7 million each year in community payments as a result of these renewable energy projects. This extra money is often welcome in helping communities with local initiatives.”