Renewables opportunity for Scottish islands

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Scotland’s island economies could benefit from up to £725 million over the next 25 years from renewables projects, according to an independent report.

The Scottish islands have some of the best wind, wave and tidal resources in Europe, with the report highlighting how Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have the potential to supply up to five per cent of the UK’s total electricity demand by 2030.

Commissioned by the Scottish Government and published by Baringa, it provides analysis of the scale of the economic opportunities available to the islands from further deployment of renewable energy.

The report concludes that with appropriate investment in grid infrastructure and generating assets, renewable energy deployment in the islands could grow rapidly by the early 2020s.
This could result in economic benefits up to £725 million for the islands’ economies, including up to £225 million in community benefits.

This could mean an increase of more than seven per cent in Orkney’s economic output, with the creation of more than 700 jobs.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “This report confirms the potential of the vast renewable resources of our islands.

“They are arguably the best places in Europe to deliver renewable energy. The wind speeds are the strongest and they have the best potential for wave and tidal energy in the future.” 

The report is available here.

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KW15 1JE Scotland

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