Date lodged: 17 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its progress in establishing local micro energy generation across Scotland.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 25 January 2018
The Scottish Government recognises the important role that small scale renewable technologies can play in meeting energy demand at a local and community level. Our recently published Scottish Energy Strategy highlights the increasingly important role and potential of local energy systems.
The most recent report on Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland produced by the Energy Saving Trust shows a 12% increase on operational capacity from 2016 to 2017 when it reached more than 660MW while the Energy Saving Trust most recently published report on Renewable heat in Scotland shows an 11% increase in capacity from heat from microgeneration (<45 KW) installations between 2015 and 2016.
We continue to support this progress through a range of funding mechanisms such as our Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), our Home Energy Scotland Loans Scheme, and the
£60 million of funding announced in programme for Government in the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).