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Scottish Labour party pledges green revolution

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray has promised a “green housing revolution” with thousands of properties producing their own renewable energy, if the party wins the Scottish election.

He outlined an initial target for 10,000 more homes in the next four years, with an ambition to make household and community renewables the standard by 2020.

Mr Gray said the plan would create jobs and improve the environment.

He added: “As well as cutting carbon emissions, insulating our homes will help us to eradicate fuel poverty. Nobody in Scotland should be forced to choose between heating their home properly and putting food on the table.

“My ambition is to have more homes producing renewable energy than anywhere else in the UK.

“Labour’s leadership in the early days of the Parliament meant that Scotland has led the way in the development of large-scale renewables - we now need to make sure that householders benefit from the opportunities that new technologies will bring.

“I want Scotland to lead the way in a green housing revolution that will set a shining example to the rest of the country.”

A Labour administration would fund the policy with income generated through the UK Government’s Feed-in Tariffs scheme, which makes energy suppliers give regular payments to householders and communities that generate their own electricity from renewable or low-energy sources.

Labour would set up an agency, Energy Scotland, to take forward the plan.

Dr Dan Barlow, of environment group WWF Scotland, said: “Ten thousand homes and business premises is a welcome start, but to secure an energy efficiency revolution, we need a street-by-street, house-by-house approach across Scotland.”