STA Scotland believes that solar development is essential to Scotland’s transformation to a fully decarbonised energy system by 2050. Solar presents a valuable solution to the energy system as a whole, encouraging demand to be managed locally. This solution is further enhanced when combined with energy storage such as batteries. Choices about the scale of supply and consumption of energy have substantially broadened in recent years. Consumers and businesses now have the ability to generate their own power at a local level from solar panels, offering them security and reduced energy bills.
Scotland has excelled in wind and hydro deployment so far and STA Scotland believes solar provides the next essential step for Scotland’s clean energy transformation. It’s a common misconception that Scotland does not have adequate levels of solar radiation. However, Scotland’s lower solar radiation has only a limited effect on the annual energy production. The global solar PV market is estimated to be worth $3.7trillion cumulatively to 2040 by Bloomberg1. Supporting solar will help secure future economic prosperity and help Scotland retain its place amongst the global leaders in renewables.
Scotland’s renewable heat sector is growing and with continued support for solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive, solar thermal has the potential to help address Scotland’s heat needs at a local scale. This solar policy statement aims to present the opportunities available to Scottish Government and addresses how best to unlock Scotland’s solar potential.