Scots solar jobs slump by 75% but renewable energy turnover rises to £5.4bn

New UK Government statistics show turnover from renewable energy activity in Scotland was £5.4 billion in 2016 – with individual sectors showing employment increases of up to 300 per cent.

Scottish onshore wind projects, which support 8,000 jobs, delivered almost half (45.8 per cent) of the UK’s turnover from the technology in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available.

The number of people employed in Scotland’s offshore wind sector trebled to 2,000.

The new survey by the Office for National Statistics, also showed employment in renewable heat increased from fewer than 500 to 2,500 in the same period.

But the number of people employed in solar power in Scotland slumped by 75 per cent, from 2,000 to 500 following cuts to UK Government support.

Meanwhile, the Renewables Consulting Group has added to its technical advisory team with the recruitment of senior industry expert Nick Morgan as a Principal at the firm’s Glasgow office. A Strathclyde University graduate, he worked for the last seven years as wind team-leader at Mott MacDonald.

1 Feb 2018

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