Research for a local energy efficiency project has revealed that micro-renewable energy systems in Tweeddale have estimated carbon savings that are more than three-and-a-half times the Scottish average per person.
Small scale renewable energy systems in Tweeddale save approximately 114kg CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per person per year, which is 3.7 times the Scottish average of 31kg CO2e.
The data was obtained from MCS for all 77,992 installations that have been registered in Scotland from January 2012 until May 2020. The Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS) is the main UK organisation responsible for registering micro-renewables, which includes biomass, heap pumps, solar panels and wind turbines that are less than 50kw in capacity. It covers all systems being registered for payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), as well as the former Feed in Tariff (FIT’s) (closed in March 2019 but for which payments continue for 20 years).
- The carbon savings will be generated by 654 installations with an average generation capacity of 9Kw per system.
- That is twice as many systems as the Scottish average on a population basis, and the average generation capacity is 50% higher than the Scottish average of 6kw.
- It is also slightly better than the Scottish Borders as a whole, where there are 3,615 installations with an average generation capacity of 7.6Kw.
(Note: This data covers micro-renewables only, the type normally installed on homes or business premises. It does not include large scale commercial installations such as wind farms, the carbon savings from which will be significantly larger.)
This suggests that the uptake of small scale renewable energy systems has been significantly better than the Scottish average for the Borders generally, and for Tweeddale in particular. This is encouraging in terms of where the industry is at locally, and how it can develop as the UK progresses towards the net zero carbon target.
It is hoped these conclusions will provide very strong encouragement for local contractors to up-skill and expand their business offering for micro-renewables, confident that demand already exists in Tweeddale for systems and that this will expand significantly in the transition to net zero carbon.
The team is keen to speak to local trades, as well as architects, engineers, builders-merchants and others in the supply chain, to better understand what they need in terms of knowledge, training and accreditation ahead of new government requirements on carbon reduction.
The project builds on the Change Works in Peebles Hub project, which engaged with homeowners and business operators about the same issue. By working with local trades the network is aiming to get the supply and demand for energy efficient buildings working together.
The project will be hosting a series of online workshops as the basis for developing a local network, with the first two events being:
- Wednesday 21 October 7.00pm, Retrofitting traditional building for Energy Efficiency, by Roger Curtis, Technical Research Manager for Historic Environment Scotland
- Wednesday 18 November 7.00pm, Local demand for renewable energy systems, by Ranald Boydell, architecture and sustainable development consultant.
If you would like further information on the report or the workshops please call:
Julie Nock, Southern Uplands Partnership
Whatsapp/Mobile: 07726 603379