Solar energy is playing a small but growing part in the renewable energy mix being deployed by the Highlands and Islands.
The Highlands and Islands have over 20 companies providing services to the solar energy sector. Their capabilities cover:
Highland company AES Ltd of Forres, a fully accredited manufacturer and installer under the UK Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme, was selected to install a solar thermal system at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, supplying 60% of the building’s hot water needs.
Examples of recent applications include:
Reflecting the increasingly diverse renewables technologies within the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College has begun implementing plans for a Centre for Sustainable Energy.
One of the Centre’s key objectives is to deliver more courses for the installation and maintenance of micro-renewables (such as solar domestic hot water and photovoltaic systems) and Continuous Professional Development activity in sustainable construction techniques. The College has already trained 140 individuals in the installation of solar domestic hot water equipment.