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Renewable Energy Projects Record Pay Out

Posted on 11 February 2020

Renewable energy payouts from green energy projects to communities in Scotland have topped £20 million in a year for the first time.

More than 240 renewable energy schemes such as wind farms are now paying out to local communities, with the cash going to schemes that help tackle fuel poverty, improve transport and improve green spaces. Projects yielded a total of £20,507,747 in 2019.

Local Energy Scotland, which keeps a register of community benefits, hailed the “milestone” total, with payments topping £20 million for the first time.

Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland manager, said: “We know that community benefits make a real and transformational difference to communities and it’s great to see this landmark milestone being reached. The amount of benefit that these payments offer really goes to show their worth.”

Morag Watson, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “Renewable energy is transforming communities across Scotland, providing enormous economic, environmental and social benefits to some of the country’s most remote areas.

“Scottish Renewables is committed to ensuring those positive impacts are maximised, with voluntary community benefit payments being just one part of that process.

“It is fantastic news that £20 million of community benefit payments has been made to communities across the country in the past 12 months.”

Source: insider.co.uk