It has been reported that renewable energy projects in rural Scottish communities are delivering over £10 million in annual economic benefit each year.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the economic benefit figure in a speech at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh.
This figure was taken from the latest update of the Government’s community benefit register.
Income received from renewable energy schemes is recorded in the community benefit register – with these schemes ranging from small farm and community projects to large wind farms.
A spokeswoman for the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change said: “Our priority is providing secure, affordable, clean energy supplies that hard-working families and businesses can rely on.
“To do this the Government is investing in new energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century, boosting spending on innovation and doubling support for renewable heat and electricity over the next five years.”
Source: Daily Record