Scotland's Solar Industry Begins To Grow
Though Scotland's solar industry has lagged in the past, experts say the increase in solar panel affordability has put solar power on the market. Given that we're talking about a country not know for its abundant sunlight, this news sends yet another clear message about the viability of commercial solar power and non-commercial solar power for our own sun-rich country. If you are a business in Australia, chances are very high that solar will save you money.
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Until now, solar energy generation in Scotland has - with the exception of a £1.2 million 'solar meadow' installed at Edinburgh College in 2013 - been almost entirely confined to small scale domestic or community developments which have seen solar panels being installed on the rooftops and outside walls of south-facing homes, schools and even prisons.
But, over the last nine months, eight commercial projects varying in size between 1.8MW and 19MW have been granted planning permission in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perth & Kinross and Dumfries & Galloway.
Further large scale solar projects are also being planned for Borders and Fife, which - compared with northern and western areas of Scotland - enjoy greater sunlight radiation.
In total, there are now over 100MW of large-scale solar projects in the planning stages or awaiting construction to add to the 153MW of existing solar capacity from more than 31,000 installations, mostly panels on peoples' homes. If all the planned project are built this could lead to a 66 per cent increase in solar production in Scotland over the next couple of years.
Despite the growing interest in solar energy production, Scotland, where most investment into green energy schemes has gone into onshore wind farms over the last decade, nevertheless lags behind the rest of the UK when it comes to solar.
While more than 40 per cent of electricity used in Scotland currently comes from renewable sources, solar production currently only accounts for less than 2 per cent of renewable production.