On the 15th May, we’ll be at the Low Carbon Scotland Strategy Projects Conference in Edinburgh. At the conference, we will get our first glimpse of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill, which commits Scotland to reduce its co2 emissions by a world-leading 66% by 2032.
The Climate Change Bill sets out a framework of energy efficiency schemes from sustainable and renewable technologies, energy storage, housing, smart city plans and will make key decision makers accountable for the environmental performance of their assets, estates and facilities.
The strategy sets two new targets for the Scottish energy system by 2030: The equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources and an increase by 30% in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy.
With this front of mind, the Scottish Government has committed over £60 million to deliver innovative low carbon energy infrastructure solutions across Scotland, such as electric battery storage, sustainable heating systems, smart homes and electric vehicle charging.
As a supplier of Integrated Solar Photovoltaic Solutions, we are particularly interested in how the Government will approach energy efficiency and how technology such as ours will be used to improve the use and management of energy in Scotland’s homes, buildings, industrial processes and manufacturing. The strategy places a sharp emphasis on the energy sector’s economic role, benefits and potential from both established technologies and those that are still emerging – supporting new technologies is key for the UK to successfully meet ambitious C02 targets and tackle fuel poverty.
Scotland’s housing strategy represents a massive opportunity for BIPVco to position itself as a premium supplier of integrated solar solutions for Scotland’s new energy efficient smart homes. The Scottish Government plans to build over 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, part of the 295,000 houses that will need to be built in the UK every year until 2037 to meet targets. Scottish renewable activity is beginning to increase, particularly in the new build housing sector, where planning conditions often mean house-builders automatically include renewable technologies for heat and electricity in new developments.
The Scottish Government will also use a forthcoming review of energy standards within Building Regulations and the next National Planning Framework is to look at the role of solar and other renewable technologies. One of the ongoing renewable energy targets is for at least 100,000 homes to have adopted some form of individual or community renewable heat or electricity technology for space and or water heating by 2020.
The Scottish Government’s ‘Warm Homes Bill’ will also commit to tackling the thorny issue of fuel poverty, by improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings. As part of the Government’s long-term Fuel Poverty Strategy, the Warm Homes Bill will set a new statutory fuel poverty target to help ensure that progress is made on these issues, and that support is given to those who are most in need of help to heat their homes.
With renewable solutions now reaching the top of the energy agenda, the market opportunity is undoubtedly there for energy innovators and suppliers such as ourselves. With suitable investment and a robust framework set by the Government, the path is clear for technology to realise the change. BIPVco is already investing in, developing and supplying the best technology that will help deliver our low-cost energy future.