Scottish Renewable has described the publication of a draft strategy on the future of energy in Scotland as a “landmark moment”.
Earlier today, Minster for Business, Innovation and Strategy outlined the government’s plans for a low carbon future.
It includes £50million of funding which will be made available to support 13 projects which demonstrate low carbon or renewable electricity, heating or storage solutions across Scotland.
Jenny Hogan, director of policy, said: “This is a landmark moment in Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
“The new draft strategy shows that Scotland is serious about building on the fantastic progress made in renewable power over the past decade and maintaining our position as a global leader in green energy.
“Setting a new target for renewables to deliver half of our energy needs by 2030 sends a strong signal that renewable energy will be at the heart of Scotland’s economy and is key to meeting our climate change targets at lowest cost.
“While ambitious, the target is achievable but absolutely depends on the right support from both the UK and Scottish Governments.
“Together the strategy, funding and target – if implemented – will give us a whole energy system fit for the 21st century, sustaining many thousands of jobs and securing our energy supplies for the future.
“We will look more closely at the detail and work with our members on a response to the Energy Strategy over the coming weeks.”
In a statement, the Minister for Business Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse, said decisions over the country’s power sources was one of the “most important choices we face as a society.”
Views are being sought on a number of matters including the future of onshore wind development in Scotland, innovation in offshore wind, energy efficiency and the potential role for energy bonds.
Plan include the potential creation of a new government owned energy firm.