Aberdeenshire leading Scotland for solar power generation
Tuesday January 3rd 2017 at 5:57 AM
Aberdeenshire is leading Scotland in the potential output of installed solar power systems.
WWF Scotland figures show the area has the most solar panel installations of any council area – at more than 4,700.
Across the country, there are now more than 50,000 of these systems installed – producing potentially more than 200 megawatts of energy.
This is a rise of 30MW, or 17%, on the same time last year, but the slowest rate of increase since 2011.
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “While it’s good news that Scotland is now home to a record number of solar power installations, it’s worrying that the rate of growth in this cheap, climate-friendly technology appears to be slowing.
“The UK government’s wrong-headed decision to slash support for solar earlier this year is the main reason more homes, businesses and schools haven’t taken up solar PV this year.
“Given the continuing need to cut carbon emissions, alongside energy saving measures, we really need to be seeing the uptake of solar and other renewable technologies rise.
“We therefore call upon the Scottish government to continue to press the UK government to allow Scotland to switch on to the full potential of solar power.
“In addition, Scottish ministers need to ensure that their forthcoming climate and energy plans continue to champion the role solar can play in creating jobs and cutting emissions.”