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24/06/13 12:53

Communities benefit from £5 million electricity saving

Energy Minister welcomes Scottish Renewables community benefit announcement.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

“Scottish Renewables announcement today that communities are benefiting from £5 million electricity saving generated from onshore wind farms is very positive news.

“For local projects to deliver that amount of renewable generating capacity is a great success and it's down to all the people in our communities, helped and supported by the Scottish Government and others. Community renewable schemes can play a terrific role in building awareness and support for renewable energy as a whole in Scotland.

“Community projects have been taken up with huge enthusiasm across the country, and especially in the Highland and Islands. I think that smaller and more remote communities in particular can see the obvious benefits of using the resources surrounding them to help increase their independence and security of supply.

“This work is contributing to us achieving our 500 MW target could be worth up to £2.4 billion to Scottish communities and rural businesses over the lifetime of those projects. And with more than 600 MW at different stages of development and planning, the future for community and locally owned energy across Scotland looks brighter than ever."

Notes to editors

The Scottish Government’s 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy has a target of generating 500 MW from community renewables by 2020 – equivalent to the electricity demand for 230,000 homes. Latest statistics show’s more than 200 MW of renewable generating capacity came from community and locally owned energy projects – 40% of the target.