Bloomberg’s New Energy Outlook (NEO) report for 2018 takes an optimistic view of the prospects for renewables. The financial news and media giant’s report predicts that by 2050, wind and solar technology will provide almost 50% of total electricity globally – “50 by 50” – with hydro, nuclear and other renewables taking total zero-carbon electricity up to 71%. Andrew Lyle, managing director of the Locogen Group, an Edinburgh-based pioneer in the renewable energy sector, is at the very heart of this drive toward zero carbon and he is similarly optimistic about the global prospects outlined by Bloomberg. As he is for Scotland and the rest of the UK by 2050, though while he believes that the Scottish Government has been supportive of the agenda locally, is concerned that a la ck of direction and policy in Westminster is creating uncertainty which will be challenging for mature onshore wind, solar and hydro in the short term. The firm has been busy over the past two years and in 2016 it set up a presence in France. “We recently got planning consent for our first wind project and we have a pipeline of further wind and solar projects in the planning system and in development,” says Lyle. “France is very supportive of renewable energy projects and has strong long-term policies and targets so we see this as a key market in the future.” Locogen had been primarily operating in the areas of wind, solar and hydro power but has also increasingly diversified into renewable heat. It recently purchased a Glasgow based biomass and heat pump company and now has a team in Glasgow which is developing district heating and heat pump project projects – shared loop district heating schemes that serve multiple properties.
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