Scottish Renewables has announced the appointment of Adam Morrison as its new chairman.
Mr Morrison, who is project director for the Moray West offshore wind farm at Ocean Winds, was elected by the trade body’s board earlier this month and will serve a three-year term.
He takes over from Rob Forrest, chief executive of renewable energy developer GreenPower, who had held the position since 2018.
Mr Morrison had previously served as a co-opted member of Scottish Renewables’ Board in 2018 before re-joining in 2020.
He’ll be joined on the board by new directors Chris Milne, CFO at tidal energy specialists Orbital Marine Power, and Ronnie Bonnar, independent industry consultant at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Morrison said: “Scotland’s potential as a renewable energy powerhouse is not in doubt and we have made enormous strides in recent years in demonstrating what we can deliver. That includes the deployment of projects that have led the way in cost reduction, as well as the development of a first-class service sector and exciting new technologies.
“However there remain significant challenges, including ensuring fair access to the energy market, an efficient planning system and appropriate levels of support for new technologies and infrastructure improvement, which must be addressed if we are to fully realise that potential, meet the net-zero imperative and achieve a just energy transition.
“The Scottish Renewables team works tirelessly to represent its members and to help steer a path for our industry and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with them in what is a hugely exciting and important time.
“I would like to thank my predecessor, Rob, for his huge contribution to Scottish Renewables, which spans several decades.”
Having spent two decades working in the renewables energy sector, Mr Morrison became project director for Moray West at Ocean Winds, an offshore wind joint-venture owned and created by EDP Renewables and ENGIE in 2020.
The company has 1.9 gigawatts under development and construction in Scotland, with various other projects across Europe and the US.
Moray West has been earmarked for development off the north-east coast of Scotland in the outer Moray Firth.
Despite missing out on a Contract for Difference (CfD) in 2019, developers confirmed their continued support for the 85-turbine project, which is due to be fully operational in 2024.
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “I would like to congratulate Adam on his new position as chairman of Scottish Renewables.
“This is a pivotal year for Scotland’s renewable energy industry and the eyes of the world will be on us as COP26 descends on Glasgow in November.
“I’m delighted to work with Adam as he steers the future of our organisation at this crucial time as we continue our efforts to ensure renewable energy is at the heart of the Scottish economy and work towards achieving our net-zero ambition.”