The first meeting of a group dedicated to successfully implementing Argyll and Bute’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP) has been hailed as a big success.
The Argyll and Bute Renewable Energy Alliance (ABRA), which met last week, brings together key partners including Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Power Renewables, Marine Scotland, Scottish and Southern Energy, Crown Estate Commission and Skills Development Scotland.
The partners will work together to ensure a strategic overview of renewable development and a greater awareness of all the issues relating to this development across Argyll and Bute.
Argyll and Bute Council Leader and ABRA Chair, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “It was excellent to see such a large number of partners around the table at this inaugural meeting, each working towards a shared vision of securing the best outcome for our area and communities.
“A positive response was expressed by all partners, who strongly supported the objectives and terms of reference of the alliance.
“Through the commitment and enthusiasm displayed by partners, I am confident that ABRA will positively build on the proactive approach already established within Argyll and Bute, through the development of the Renewable Energy Action Plan, and the strong history of partnership working.
“Argyll and Bute Council looks forward to future working with ABRA, to realise the vision for the development of the renewable energy sector, promote sustainable economic development and maximise the opportunity for everyone involved, not least our local communities.”
Energy Minister Jim Mather, who was also at the meeting, said: “Argyll and Bute has long been at the leading edge of renewable, and today’s first meeting of the Argyll and Bute Renewables Alliance confirms the passion and determination that exists to fully capitalise on the tremendous natural resources here.
“The alliance will optimise the economic and environmental benefits from renewables for businesses and communities, and the Scottish Government is ready to continue working with ABRA to continue to make that happen.”
The group will submit regular progress reports to the Community Planning Partnership.