Solar figures shine
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.