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Renewables action plan launched

Back row (left to right): McNabb Laurie (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Mike Bonaventura (Crichton Carbon Centre), George Jeffery (Vattenfall), David Welch (Job Centre Plus), Wolf Richthofen (Wigtownshire Chamber of Commerce), David Rennie (Scottish Enterprise), Euan Hutchison (Natural Power); front row (left to right): Councillor Colin Smyth, Gary Calderwood (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Shelley Bell (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Fiona Milligan (Infinergy Ltd), Alison Jardine (DG College), Vanessa Salthouse (Solarae), Tracy Kennedy (ScottishPower), Councillor Jim McClung.

Back row (left to right): McNabb Laurie (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Mike Bonaventura (Crichton Carbon Centre), George Jeffery (Vattenfall), David Welch (Job Centre Plus), Wolf Richthofen (Wigtownshire Chamber of Commerce), David Rennie (Scottish Enterprise), Euan Hutchison (Natural Power); front row (left to right): Councillor Colin Smyth, Gary Calderwood (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Shelley Bell (Dumfries and Galloway Council), Fiona Milligan (Infinergy Ltd), Alison Jardine (DG College), Vanessa Salthouse (Solarae), Tracy Kennedy (ScottishPower), Councillor Jim McClung.

A new energy action plan has been launched by the Dumfries and Galloway Renewable Energy Partnership Group and the council.

One of the main purposes of the action plan is to support local businesses as they develop capacity and skills to work on renewable energy projects.

This support should allow businesses in Dumfries and Galloway to grow and realise supply chain opportunities. As these businesses build expertise, the result should mean a boost in renewable energy turnover in the region.

The membership of the Dumfries and Galloway Renewable Partnership Group reflects the renewable sector and consists of organisations and businesses that represent the whole sector. The partnership has been instrumental in pulling the action plan together.

Priorities of the action plan include: supporting local businesses as they develop capacity and skills to work on renewable energy projects; reviewing and promoting opportunities to learn new skills; developing new networks within the industry; and driving policies and initiatives that support the sector.

The Scottish government has committed to generating an equivalent of 100 percent of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020, with at least 11 percent renewable heat, so the renewable energy action plan is in line with national and local priorities.

Councillor Colin Smyth, chairman of the council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, said: “We want to ensure local businesses have every opportunity to benefit from renewable energy projects in our region. We also want to ensure businesses can get all the support they need to be able to maximise these prospects.”

Gordon Mann, chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, added: “Many of our businesses have already engaged with the renewables sector and are developing the skills and capacity to take advantage of these investments. But we need to see more local businesses becoming involved in the supply chain so that we can maximise the benefits of these projects in our region, given that renewables will be a part of the economy for a long time.”

 

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