Lightsource predict Scottish solar boom

Lightsource is predicting a significant rise in Scottish PV deployment following recent innovations in cell technology.

With a target to produce 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020, PV panels which only require daylight to produce energy will allow Scotland to catch up with the rest of the UK despite lower irradiance levels.

The company has identified 70 potential sites for ground mounted PV farms and commercial installations north of the border. Lightsource hopes to invest £50m in the region and has opened a new office in Livingstone, recently visited by Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing.

Nick Boyle, ceo at Lightsource Renewable Energy, said: “Advances in solar PV technology have seen increased efficiency of panels and reductions in manufacturing costs, making PV a viable power source to add to Scotland’s overall energy mix.

“In just over three years, Lightsource has deployed over £1.1bn of UK retail investment into the local renewable energy economy and we hope to continue this momentum through significant investment into projects developed in Scotland as well.”