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Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: "These new figures show once again that renewable energy is the backbone of Scotland's energy system. "As we seek to meet some of the world's most stretching emissions targets we must do more to decarbonise our heat and transport sectors, and the success shown to date in electricity means we're well equipped to begin the work which must be done on those sectors too." More detail on this in the Scottish Government's press release.

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Oakland, U.S. (27th September 2019) – DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has developed an advanced tool that uses very granular data from the past 20 years to create the equivalent of 10,000 years of plausible realities – simply put, a parallel universe generator that has 10,000 times more fidelity than was previously available. Until recently, the data renewable project developers, owners, system operators and utilities relied upon for modelling and project planning was limited to the past 10 to 20 years. DNV GL’s stochastic engine produces modelling inputs that owners, utilities, and system operaters can use to model scenarios based upon hundreds of thousands of years of representative wind and solar production that captures the full spectrum of possible weather conditions, load or prices. The tool generates these modelling inputs by using historic weather, load and pricing conditions, preserving the daily, seasonal, and annual cycles of the original dataset, as well as other correlations such as wind speed, temperature or load. The large number of sequences, about 10,000 individual years of data, provides the full spectrum of possible scenarios to enable project owners, utilities and system operators to make more informed strategic decisions about

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First study of its kind demonstrates scale of potential future green energy workforce Figures show ‘enormous range of courses’ on offer from Borders to Highlands 36% of students studying renewable energy are female Almost 13,000 students are studying courses related to renewable energy at Scotland's universities and colleges, the first survey of its kind has revealed. More than a third (36%) of the 12,885 students are female, new research by industry body Scottish Renewables has shown. Thirty one institutions, from Dumfriesshire to the Highlands, responded to a Freedom of Information request for the data. The students are studying an “enormous range of courses”, from Energy Finance and Policy (University of Edinburgh) and Countryside Management (Scotland’s Rural College) to Tourism Sustainability and Climate Change (University of Glasgow) and Engineering Systems (Dundee and Angus College). Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack told how the figures show that "the shift to low-carbon energy is providing opportunities across Scotland". She continued: "We already know that the Scottish renewable sector supports an estimated 17,700 jobs, so it's exciting to see the scale of the workforce of the future, and the enormous range of courses being studied which relate in some way to Scotland’s renewable energy future. "These figures show clearly that the shift to

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Growth of C&I EaaS will create new opportunities for sustainable finance   September 26, 2019 – Boulder, CO – A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for the deployment of turnkey Energy as a Service (EaaS), providing market forecasts, segmented by region, application, and deployment model, through 2028. Corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) energy and sustainability managers have new options to address their energy management needs. Transcending single-site, fee-for-service energy efficiency projects requiring customer CAPEX, a variety of new solutions, transaction financing instruments, and business model options are coming together to form the EaaS framework. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, the annual global market for the deployment of C&I EaaS is expected to reach $278 billion by 2028. “A full set of EaaS solutions with financing options will increasingly be required to address the portfolio needs of C&I customers, with energy storage and smart building analytics and controls as key enabling technologies,” says William Tokash, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “The rise of these new financing instruments will form the foundation of the delivery of new EaaS vendor business models.” The largest region for C&I EaaS is projected to be Asia Pacific. The emergence of competitive

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Good news for installers: The process of planning PV systems – from roof mounting to electrical system design – is now easier and more convenient than before. The new planning software from K2 Systems now features a direct interface with the inverter planning tool SUNNY DESIGN from SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA). Interconnection of mechanical and electrical planning processes for PV systems means that data no longer has to be entered multiple times and planning efforts are thus significantly reduced. And it could not be easier: At the beginning, the user designs a suitable mounting system in five steps by using the K2 Base software. In the last menu option ‘Summary’, the user can simply click the K2+ button to send the entered project data directly to the SMA SUNNY DESIGN planning tool and immediately start planning the electrical and thermal simulation of the energy systems. All that is required to use this new feature is a K2 Base and a SUNNY DESIGN user account.

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has appointed Duncan Wren in the role of Energy Manager. This new role has been created in response to the growing demand from clients in the built environment to help with lowering their carbon emissions. Euan Hutchison, Associate Technical Director (Planning), said: “Working with our teams of technical specialists, Duncan will provide clients with a route map to net zero, considering appropriate low carbon heat and power technologies, drawing on our knowledge and expertise across the project lifecycle, enabling our clients to achieve their carbon reduction ambitions.” Andy Yuill, Sector Manager, Renewable Heat, added: “This is an exciting time for Duncan to join Natural Power as we are experiencing strong growth in renewable heat projects, and particularly district heating.  Duncan will help to integrate our heat projects with electricity and transport systems and thereby provide greater efficiencies and carbon savings.” Duncan joins Natural Power with nearly two decades of commercial experience in the fields of building sustainable, energy management and renewable energy technologies. Most of this time has been served at a select number of large consultancies and is complemented by a number of years in customer-focused roles at renewable energy design and installation

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          Clir brings strategic venture partner to accelerate growth. Vancouver based Clir Renewables, closed their Series A round of C$7.1m this month, led by strategic investor ArcTern Ventures. Clir’s software platform uses machine learning algorithms to categorize and quantify areas of underperformance across wind farms, resulting in recommended actions for improvement, including yaw alignment and blade pitch. Customers realize Annual Energy Production (AEP) gains of up to 5% from Clir’s actionable insights, leading to improved margins. Clir stands out from competing software solutions in this growing market due to its ability to generate actionable optimization recommendations, moving beyond data monitoring and visualization. Clir entered the financing round in August this year, seeking investment from a group with similar values and outlook on the coming energy transition. The deal, which was closed in mid-September, enables the company to focus on additional development of its AI-based analytics platform and accelerate growth commensurate with their expansion plans. ArcTern Ventures is a leading North American venture capital firm investing in breakthrough clean technologies. Led by former start-up entrepreneurs, Murray McCaig and Tom Rand, ArcTern invests at an early stage with the capacity to provide follow-on capital to fund companies through to market leadership. “Clir

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Claire Mack, Chief Executive at Scottish Renewables, said: “The cross-party consensus that Scotland must take bold action on emissions reductions remains one of the most important aspects of Scotland’s climate change success and we welcome this piece of legislation as another step towards the realisation of our stretching climate change targets. "The renewable energy industry, which employs 17,700 people, generates £5.5 billion in turnover and displaces millions of tonnes of carbon in Scotland each year, must play a key role in the delivery of the Scottish Parliament’s promises. With consistent policy-making to reflect the bold targets contained in this Bill and the declaration of a Climate Emergency, Scotland can continue to lead the world on climate change.”

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Key market drivers include consumer demand, accessible hardware, and environmental concerns   September 25, 2019 – Boulder, CO – A new report from Navigant Research examines the home energy management (HEM) market, its key players, and important technology trends, along with the main market drivers and inhibitors. New technologies and approaches are altering the HEM market. While advanced metering infrastructure projects have reached maturity, other technologies in front of and behind the meter have taken on greater importance. Smart thermostats and smart plugs, for example, have gained traction among residential customers and become key elements of a HEM strategy. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, global HEM revenue is projected to grow from nearly $4.4 billion in 2019 to more than $12 billion in 2028. “There have been major advances in how data can be used for HEM solutions. With improved data analytics tools, more utilities and vendors are leveraging those to support residential customers seeking deeper insights into how they might use energy more efficiently,” says Neil Strother, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Additionally, new channels to engage with customers on HEM topics have emerged, such as via voice assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home.” While inhibitors like

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New DNV GL report reviews progress, potential and barriers for digitalization in the wind energy industry Improving operational efficiency (identified by 52% of respondents), decision making (42%) and cost efficiency (40%) are top priorities for further digitalization Balance between sharing data and protecting competitive advantage and Intellectual Property key to realizing full potential of digital technology in the industry Arnhem, The Netherlands 25th September 2019 – Digitalization is already playing a major role in the growth of wind energy, but it can still drive further improvements in operational efficiency, decision making and cost efficiency – if it can overcome concerns around data sharing. This is the key finding of the report ‘Digitalization and the Future of the Wind Energy Industry’ published today by DNV GL. Based on a survey of almost 2000 engineers and senior executives from across the energy sector, the report assesses the current progress of digitalization and identifies the top priorities for and barriers to further growth. The wind industry is widely expected to become an ever-greater contributor to the world’s future energy mix. DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook report forecasts a 15-fold escalation in wind-powered generation from 1.1 PWh in 2018 to 17 PWh in 2050. In

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