Date lodged: 7 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the use of small wind turbines on lampposts as a source of renewable energy and what support it can provide to local authorities that want to invest in this.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 8 March 2017
As set out in our draft Energy Strategy innovation is key to underpinning a stable, managed energy transition in ways that are capable of reaching all communities and to drive the local energy system. Local authorities are best placed to understand what innovation would suit their area and what is required to meet their low carbon commitments.
A number of urban renewable energy initiatives, including intelligent street lighting, have been explored through a feasibility study by the Scottish Cities Alliance, the findings from this will be available to Local Authorities once the study has finalised.
We are encouraged that there are Scottish companies Scottish companies competing in this area and advise that if they have not done so they seek assistance from our enterprise agencies; Scottish Enterprise, or Highlands and Islands Enterprise.