Scotland aims to export renewable energy

28 Sep 2010
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Scotland aims to export renewable energy

Renewable energy production is set to rocket in Scotland over the next 15 years.

The country's first minister Alex Salmond has announced that by 2025, Scotland will become an exporter of renewable energy as it will be generating more than 100 per cent of its power needs from sustainable sources.

He described the renewable energy amounts available to the country as "unparalleled"

"By 2050 we could be producing as much as seven times our domestic power needs through offshore renewables - positioning Scotland as the clean, green energy powerhouse of Europe," he added.

Mr Salmond stated that in order for the targets to be met, £200 billion of investment into renewable energy technology and developments needs to be made in Scotland.

Earlier this month, the first minister said this would be the defining decade for renewable energy in the country.

He was announcing that Scotland will now be aiming to produce 80 per cent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by 2020.  

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