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Fundamental to our support of the Scottish Government's ambitious emissions reduction targets to tackle the climate emergency, we continue to explore the potential of renewable energy resources. As part of this, we sought 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, there are clearly still undeveloped renewable resources that we need to develop and we are continuing to explore options open to us. In addition, changes to the energy market and renewable technologies in recent years have opened up further opportunities that weren't considered in previous years. We want to encourage these and to this end we are open to new technologies and ideas.

  • Following evaluation of bids, sites and technologies have been allocated to the successful applicants and initial site surveys are underway with a view to agreeing an option to lease within 12 months. One scheme has submitted a planning application, others have started talking to local communities.


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.