So­lar fig­ures shine

The Galloway News - - INTIMATIONS -

Dum­fries and Gal­loway is one of Scot­land’s lead­ers when it comes to so­lar power.

The re­gion cur­rently has 9.3 megawatts of so­lar power ca­pac­ity at more than 2,000 sites.

That makes it the fourth high­est coun­cil area in the coun­try, be­hind only Aberdeen­shire, Fife and the High­lands.

The fig­ures, re­leased by en­ergy watch­dog Ofgem, show that ca­pac­ity in Dum­fries and Gal­loway has in­creased slightly since De­cem­ber 2013 when it stood at 8.3MW.

How­ever, the fig­ures are well down on wind power. The pro­pos­als for five tur­bines at Bar­cloy Hill near Kirkcud­bright – cur­rently the sub­ject of an ap­peal to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment – could gen­er­ate 12.5MW if it is built.

A num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal bod­ies, in­clud­ing the World Wildlife Fund for Na­ture, want to see more ef­fort made to use so­lar, even though the Scot­tish fig­ure has risen from 106.6MW to 139.7MW in the last 12 months.

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