Positive outlook for renewable energy in Scotland
MacRoberts is predicting a more positive future for the renewable energy sector, particularly onshore wind farms, in Scotland.
Last week saw another major step towards development in the north-east of Scotland when planning consent was granted for the development of an 18-turbine wind farm at Cloich Forest, near Peebles. When operational, Cloich Forest wind farm will generate up to £6 million in community benefit funding and produce enough electricity to power over 26,000 homes.
Dr Martin Sales, Consultant at commercial law firm MacRoberts, was part of the team which secured the planning consent and said that he was “very pleased to be able to continue to lead the client’s team seamlessly to securing consent, against considerable opposition to the development”.
In recent years, Dr Sales has secured installed capacity of more than 300 MW for clients. According to Dr Sales continued success within the sector north of the border, combined coupled with some uncertainty post-Brexit, signals that there is potential for the Scottish Government to secure fuller control of the renewable energy sector. The growth of onshore wind has played a key part in the growth of the sector, which has brought numerous benefits to the Scottish economy through job creation and community funding. Onshore wind has overtaken hydro power as Scotland’s most common form of renewable energy, and the Scottish Government has an ambitious target for renewable energy, to generate the equivalent of 100% of gross annual electricity consumption and 11% of heat consumption by 2020.
Even with the ongoing political uncertainty in Scotland and across the UK, recent developments are sure to send positive signals to the sector for the future of renewables in Scotland.