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2011 the ‘best year yet’ for Scottish renewables

19 Dec 2011

There has been a record level of investment into Scotland’s renewable energy sector over 2011 with Energy Minister Fergus Ewing stating it has been the best ever year for its development.

According to industry figures cited by the government, the year to October 2011 saw a record breaking £750m of investment being plunged into the country’s clean power generation efforts.

In addition, there is a pipeline of proposed projects worth an estimated £46bn with 17GW of generating capacity.

Ewing said, ’2011 has been an exceptional year for renewable energy in Scotland – truly the best year yet – and I am proud to be Energy Minister at such an exciting time.

‘We have seen momentous progress towards our goal of generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs from renewables by 2020.’

Scotland currently has 7GW of renewable energy projects operational, under construction or consented.

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