Scottish forests grow 1GW
Wind and small hydro projects contribute to milestone on national estate
Renewable energy capacity on Scotland’s national forest estate has reached more than 1GW.
The majority of the capacity comes from wind farms with the remainder from small-scale hydro schemes.
Forest Enterprise Scotland, an agency of the Forestry Commission, and a number of key energy companies have developed the renewables projects on the country’s forest estate.
The capacity is contributing to the Scottish government’s target to supply 100% of the region’s electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.
Scottish cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity Fergus Ewing said: “This generation of clean renewable energy generation is playing an important contribution to our ambitious climate change programme.”
Scottish Renewables policy manager Stephanie Conesa said: “Forest Enterprise Scotland’s installation of more than 1GW of green energy capacity shows the diversity of renewable energy technologies and their application at all scales, from multi-megawatt wind farms to small run-of-river hydropower schemes.”