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New Build Standard: Scoping Consultation

Solar Energy Scotland Response

The scoping consultation set out Scottish Government’s commitments to ensure that, from 2024, new buildings must use heating systems which produce zero direct emissions at the point of use.

Solar Energy Scotland is encouraged by Scottish Governments ambitions within this area however our main concern is to ensure that, given the significant expected increase in demand for power which will result from the electrification of heat in Scottish homes and buildings, measures to improve energy performance support the inclusion of onsite electricity generation are promoted wherever possible. 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.