Scottish renewables investment to smash past $1.6bn, says body

Falck Renewables' Kilbraur wind farm in northern Scotland

Annual investment in Scottish renewable energy projects is on course to outstrip £1bn ($1.6bn) for the first time, according to new analysis by industry body Scottish Renewables.

Speaking at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh, chief executive Niall Stuart said UK Department of Energy and Climate Change figures suggest it had been another “record-breaking year”, with capital spending having topped £900m in the first six months of 2012 alone.

“We learnt that we smashed the 2011 renewable electricity target, that the sector supports some 11,000 jobs, is making a massive dent in carbon emissions, and output has again hit record levels,” said Stuart.

Onshore wind saw the lion's share of the total spend, accounting for more than £800m. PV Log in to read complete article.

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