Energy Saving Trust was asked in 2011 by the Scottish Government to produce a database of all community and locally owned renewable energy installations in Scotland and to produce a short report on the information it contained. The objective of this work was to monitor progress towards the target set by the Scottish Government of having 0.5GW of operational renewable energy capacity in community or local ownership by 2020. This target was exceeded in 2015 and subsequently the Scottish Government doubled the target to 1GW of operational community and locally owned renewable energy capacity by 2020 and set a further target of 2GW by 2030.
This database has been updated annually since 2011 and this is the ninth iteration of its associated report. The database includes, as far as possible, all installations known to be operating, under construction, or in earlier stages of development as of December 2020. Since 2016, and as storage technologies have become more common, the report has also included findings on the capacity and type of community and locally owned energy storage systems. However, these capacities are not included in the progress towards the 1GW target as energy storage systems do not generate renewable energy.
For any questions or comments relating to the Community and Locally Owned renewable energy database, or accompanying analysis and report, please contact RenewableReporting@est.org.uk.