£10m renewable energy benefits

Scotland is set to benefot from a £10 million inverstmet every year thanks to renewable energy projects, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The £10 million milestone is recorded in the latest update of the Scottish Government’s Community Benefit Register, which records the income communities receive from renewable energy projects.

These range from large scale wind farms such as Whitelee, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, to small farm and community projects.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our national guidance has encouraged developers to increase the value of the community benefits they offer. Communities across Scotland are now receiving over £10 million a year from onshore renewable projects. That figure is set to rise.

Local energy now helps to fund energy efficiency schemes, fuel poverty alleviation programmes and befriending projects which reduce isolation for elderly people. They meet local priorities because they are run by local communities.”

Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland manager said: “We are delighted to see that the income communities receive from renewable energy projects is now over £10 million per year and the register is available on our website.

We provide a range of support through the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme to help communities to maximise the local benefit from renewable energy whether that’s support to a community to build their own small hydro power scheme or help them to invest in a commercial wind farm.”