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Draft Heat in Buildings Strategy: Achieving Net Zero emissions in Scotlands buildings

Solar Energy Scotland Response

The draft strategy set out Scottish Government’s commitments to reducing emissions from homes and buildings to meet climate change targets, whilst maximising economic opportunities, ensuring a just transition and addressing fuel poverty.

Solar Energy Scotland’s primary recommendation, given the expected substantial increase in demand for electricity as a result of the electrification of heating, is to ensure solar technologies are included as primary or secondary technologies in low and zero-emission heating systems. As such, this would help make certain that electrified heat is not produced at an unnecessary expense to consumers, reduce the need for expensive and complex grid reinforcement works, and enable renewable heat objectives to be met as quickly as possible. Throughout the response, the onus was on solar and storages role in contributing to cost effective, affordable, and efficient energy systems.