“Systems can be deployed 
easily”

EDINBURGH, UK - May 2013: Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland.  (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)
EDINBURGH, UK - May 2013: Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

The amount of solar power generated in North Lanarkshire has almost doubled in the last year.

A joint report from WWF Scotland, Lightsource Renewable Energy and the Solar Trade Association shows that the total amount of solar power in Scotland at almost 140 megawatts, compared to 106 by December 2013.

In North Lanarkshirethe number of solar power installations has increased from 898 to 1420 with power generated increasing from 3.1 megawatts to 5.0 megawatts.

Lang Banks of WWF Scotland (pictured) says the publishers of the report are now pushing for the Scottish Government to further encourage the roll-out of additional solar power.

He said: “The total installed solar capacity may be small when compared to wind energy, but together these solar panels are helping to prevent thousands of tonnes of climate-damaging emissions every year. The great thing about solar is that it can be deployed easily and quickly in towns and cities or in places not suitable for wind turnimes. Solar is also complementary to wind and share sites and grid connections.

“Alongside energy saving measures, renewable energy technologies like solar and wind will be important to enabling Scotland meet its climate change targets. We call upon the Scottish Government to do all that it can to ensure Scotland switches on.”