Scotland is one of the best places in the world to talk about renewable energy. Its infrastructure is already generating the equivalent of more than half the country’s electricity consumption, and the Scottish Government has set a 100% target for 2020.
That’s one of the most ambitious targets in Europe. But Scotland’s potential resource is estimated at 60 gigawatts – enough to meet current peak winter demand many times over — and represents about 75% of the UK’s entire renewable resource and a sizeable proportion of the European Union’s.
Edinburgh is at the forefront of this burgeoning sector, thanks to the city’s expertise in developing new technologies and building on existing strengths. A wide range of national and international companies are based in and around the city, from wind farm developers to individual solar panel installation engineers.
There’s also world-leading research from educational institutions like the University of Edinburgh, and a strong skills base in traditional energy generation. Together with a support services sector covering supply chain, engineering, legal and finance, security, transportation and workforce, that makes the city an idea location for renewables companies.