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Community energy reports

The Scottish Government has already exceeded their target of 500 MW of community owned and locally owned renewable energy capacity operating in Scotland by 2020. Looking beyond the 500 MW target, the Scottish Government remains committed to ensuring support for community and locally owned renewable energy is undiminished. There is a Scottish Government manifesto commitment to support community and locally owned renewable energy projects with new targets of 1 GW of operational community and locally owned renewable energy capacity by 2020, and 2 GW by 2030.

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 June 2017 found that:

  • As of June 2017 there was an estimated minimum of 666 MW of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity operational in Scotland.
  • This is a 12% increase on the last report (capacity at June 2016), when the operating capacity was estimated at 595 MW.
  • The operating capacity results from a total of around 17,950 individual renewable energy installations.

The 666 MW of operational capacity was split between approximately 403 MW of electrical capacity (MWe), 254 MW of thermal (heat) capacity (MWth) and 7 MW of combined heat and power capacity (MWth + MWe).

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