Community energy reports

The Scottish Government has set a target of 500MW of community owned and locally owned renewable energy capacity operating in Scotland by 2020.

The Energy Saving Trust maintains a database of relevant installations to track progress towards this target, similar to the renewable heat database which the Energy Saving Trust also manages for the Scottish Government.

The latest report published in November 2015 found that:

  • The 500MW target has been reached, with an estimated minimum of 508MW of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity operational in Scotland as at September 2015.
  • This is a 41% increase on the last report (capacity at June 2014), when the operating capacity was estimated at 361MW.
  • The operating capacity results from a total of more than 11,940 individual renewable energy installations.

The 508MW of operational capacity was split between approximately 301MW of electrical capacity (MWe), 199MW of thermal (heat) capacity (MWth) and 7MW of combined heat and power capacity (MWth + MWe).

Looking forward, the community and locally owned database will continue to be used to monitor progress now that the 500MW target has been passed. The Scottish Government has also committed to review the target to ensure its support for community and local owned renewable energy is undiminished.  

Download the annual reports

Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland June 2012

Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland June 2013

Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland June 2014

Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland September 2015