In the last 10 years, the importance of solar energy in the UK has increased exponentially, now with nearly 13GW of installed capacity, solar energy has an important role to play in powering the UK energy system, particularly in some of the remote parts of Scotland. In higher latitudes such as Scotland, optimising system design is crucial to get the most from any scheme. Pairing with energy storage and integrated alongside other renewable generating sources, solar energy, whether heat or power, provides a viable low carbon energy solution. With Scottish Government’s policy focus on Local Energy Systems, companies in the renewable sector in Scotland are delivering innovative sector coupling solutions.
Irrespective of location, there will be benefit to be had from solar energy for electricity or heat generation at almost any scale. Scotland’s solar energy industry is well developed and includes suppliers, service providers and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors.
In terms of product suppliers, AES Solar are one of the first manufacturers of solar thermal collectors in Europe. AES now boasts a broad range of experience in solar thermal and PV for residential and commercial use including in remote locations and islands across the world. CCL Components also supply the components needed to develop solar energy projects. This includes mounting systems, a wide range of inverters and all of the associated connections and switchgear. These are designed to support off-grid solutions at a number of different voltages or on grid systems. CCL Components uses a range of suppliers and so can offer systems to suit any climatic conditions and can support systems across the world. As with AES Solar, CCL Components have the technical expertise to support any solar development.
As well as system suppliers, Scotland also has a well-developed solar services industry with companies expert in feasibility, design and install. Designing solar systems for a wide range of site locations and applications such as residential, industry, agriculture, both on and off-grid, programme members Aquatera, Dulas, iPower, ITPEnergised, Pure Energy Centre and Scene Connect have a wealth of experience in the sector and have delivered projects for clients around the world.
The programme also boasts EPC contractors that can manage your projects from concept through to the construction phase. Two examples are Wood Group and Locogen. Wood Group have advised on over 10GW of solar projects around the world are well placed to support PV projects from conception, through the construction phase to operation and asset optimisation. Locogen are MCS, NAPIT and RECC accredited and provide a turn key service from initial feasibility, through the development stages, installation and commissions as well as on-going asset management, with a focus on smaller scale projects (<500kWp).
This wide range of capabilities has led to many different case studies showcasing a range of solar energy projects across the world in association with remote communities that can be found on the member’s websites. This makes Scottish solar energy suppliers ideally placed to support PV projects of any kind and at any scale across the world, especially in support of isolated communities.