Wind farms and small-scale hydro-electric schemes are generating 1GW of power from Scotland’s woodland, according to figures from Forestry Commission Scotland.

The government body said it was now producing enough electricity for 500,000 homes using renewable energy projects on its estates.

Renewables projects on Forestry Commission land include the 136MW Harestanes wind farm in the Borders, which was opened in 2014.

Kenny Peberdy, UK Onshore Director for ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Our work with Forest Enterprise Scotland stretches for almost 20 years, and we have helped to deliver a portfolio of projects which contributes to the fantastic achievement of the 1GW milestone.”

£11m a year from leases

Michael Ansell, Head of Estate Development with Forest Enterprise Scotland, added: “We are continuing to support renewable energy with around a further 80MW under construction through a number of projects.

“A further 330MW of renewable capacity is awaiting construction and a further 250MW is awaiting the green light through the planning system.”
Forest Enterprise Scotland is paid around £11 million each year from leasing its land for renewable energy projects and said the income was reinvested into “various forestry programmes”.

> See Forestry Commission Scotland's statement