Scotland leads UK green energy adoption
Scottish businesses and community projects are turning to renewable energy up to four times faster than those in the rest of the UK, according to a new survey.
Green energy provider Raggnar undertook the survey, which has been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It shows that 0.8% of Scottish businesses currently use clean energy sources to produce their own heating and hot water, compared with just 0.2% in England and 0.7% in Wales.
The survey focussed specifically on the adoption of the UK government's renewable heat incentive (RHI). 14,592 non-domestic applications have been made since the scheme was launched in 2011, with almost 20% from Scottish businesses. Since the start of this year the adoption of renewable heating systems has risen by 29% across Scotland, accounting for nearly 20% of the 521MW of new renewable heating capacity that non-domestic producers have contributed to the energy assets of the UK in 2015 so far.
Dumfries and Galloway leads the way, with 1,137 new RHI installations taking place so far this year. The Highlands, East Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders have also been adopting the scheme at five times the rate of the rest of the UK.
"Scotland leads the race to renewables because its businesses have woken up to the fact they can run leaner and greener on renewable energy faster than elsewhere in the UK," commented Raggnar CEO Nigel Perkins. "Improvements in technology mean that biomass can provide heat, hot water, electricity, steam and cooling, satisfying a far wider variety of industrial needs and providing a clean, mainstream alternative to gas, coal and oil.”