Posted on: 05/01/2016
Community energy projects in Scotland paid out a record £10 million during 2015.
The 154 projects on the community renewables register range from large onshore wind farms to small hydro-electric schemes.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “2015 was a bumper year for community energy and 2016 can be just as exciting.
“Our national guidance and support is encouraging more and more developers to increase the value of the community benefits they offer and consider community ownership – I want to see even more communities reap the benefits of owning and hosting small scale renewables.”
Benefits for communities
Scotland broke its target of generating 500MW of power from community projects during 2015, five years ahead of schedule.
Ewing added: “Community energy can cut costs for consumers, create new revenue streams to transform communities and play a leading role in tackling climate change.
“Benefits ploughed back into communities can fund all sorts of schemes, from energy efficiency and fuel poverty programmes to befriending projects which reduce isolation for elderly people.”
> See the Scottish Government's statement