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Scotland leads independent renewable sector

According to the latest Energy Entrepreneurs Report, Scotland is leading the way in growth of Great Britain’s independent renewable sector with an increase of almost 50 per cent in project numbers since the last report was released in 2013.

An estimated £67m has been invested in 169 new commercial-scale projects, taking the total number of schemes of north of the border to 509.

Scotland now accounts for over a quarter (28 per cent) of independent generation capacity in Great Britain.

The Highlands & Islands and Aberdeenshire are together responsible for more than 38 per cent of that figure.

Total capacity in Scotland has grown by 26 per cent to 1,762 MW, enough to generate £235m worth of wholesale electricity a year and power more than a million households.

The farming sector showed the strongest growth in numbers of projects with a rise of over 83 per cent since the last report, outstripping the significant rise seen in Great Britain as a whole.

The eight new larger-scale community renewables projects which have come on stream mean 34 are now operating in Scotland, more than half of such sites across Great Britain.

The Scottish Borders is the fastest growing Scottish region in terms of number of new sites (140% increase).

To date, some £373.7m has been invested in the independent commercial-scale renewables sector in Scotland.

Across Great Britain, total project numbers have grown by more than 40 per cent since the publication of 2013 EnergyEntrepreneurs Report.

The total capacity of commercial-scale independent renewable projects now stands at 6.2 GW, enough to power some 4.67 million households. Together the projects generate electricity estimated to be worth almost £1bn a year.

Figures have been compiled from publicly available project data from the Ofgem FiT Register and the Ofgem Renewables and CHP Register as at 31 December 2013.

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