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As part of our efforts to support the Scottish Government's ambitious emissions reduction targets and tackle the climate emergency, we continue to explore the potential of the renewable energy resource on the land we manage. As part of this, we are seeking proposals for renewable energy generation and storage projects on the land we manage.

Our predecessors, Forest Enterprise Scotland, ran Renewable Energy Offerings in 2009 and 2014. This resulted in 18MW of operational hydro capacity, with a further 4.7MW under development, and several potential wind schemes. However, we believe there is still undeveloped renewable resource on the national forests and land in Scotland.

In addition, there have been many changes to the energy market and renewable technologies in recent years, which may open further opportunities that weren't considered in previous years. We want to encourage these and are willing to consider new technologies and ideas.

  • Applications have now been evaluated from all those who wished to apply for sites and technologies allocated from their Expressions of Interest. We are currently in the final stages of due diligence before allowing the successful applications to begin initial site surveys, with a view to agreeing an option to lease within 12 months. You can follow the progress of the scheme in our timetable below.


Process timetable

Step 1  
Expressions of interest invited 18 September to
6 November 2019
Evaluation of expressions of interest November 2019 to June 2020
Step 2  
Sites open for competitive applications 15 June 2020
Closing date for applications 14 September 2020
Application evaluation and scoring period September to December 2020
Sites awarded to successful applications December 2020
Step 3  
► Detailed site investigations, final FLS review of proposals and signing of option February 2021 onwards


Resources for applicants

  • Our map-based Register of Land holds information about all the forests and land we manage in Scotland. The map is quite large so please allow time for it load.
  • Shapefiles of our land boundaries can be downloaded from our Open Data site.