04 Jan 2011 12:01:09
Scottish renewables receive European funding
Scotland's Highlands and Islands have been awarded £18 million in funding, which will contribute to renewable energy development in the region.
Some £3.36 million of the cash from the European Regional Development Fund has been granted to the Orkney Marine Renewables Infrastructure for the development of facilities and infrastructure linked to the European Marine Energy Centre.
A further £800,000 has been given to Low Carbon Shetland and will be used for the creation of a thermal storage system, which will be capable of receiving energy whenever is suitable for the grid to heat water, that will then warm local properties.
Scrabster Harbour Marine Renewable Infrastructure has received £2.5 million for the construction of strategic port renewable infrastructure at Scrabster Harbour.
Biomass CHP: Sustainable Development in the North Highlands has also been awarded £3 million for its project to create a combined biomass and heat power plant in Caithness.
Enterprise, energy and tourism minister Jim Mather said the funding will "help create jobs and continue our work to exploit Scotland's vast green energy potential".
Scotland last year increased its renewable energy target from 50 percent to 80 percent by the year 2020, claiming the new goal could be reached with "little change to current policy".