Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed figures showing that over 70% of Government funding for renewable energy was spent in the region last year.
Enterprise Minister said that initial estimates from 2008-9 budget shows that £10,656,675.00 was spent in Scotland on renewable energy with £7,756,140.00 (or 72.78%) being spent in the Highlands and Islands.
Mr Gibson welcomed the figures
"Renewable energy can transform the fortunes of the Highlands and Islands. However it is only with investment and commitment to the development of both the technology and infrastructure to make sure that it can fulfill its potential. The figures here show that the Scottish Government knows where the potential is for renewable energy development and are investing in it on behalf of the whole nation."
"What is clear from the figures produced by Jim Mather is that the Highlands and Islands are getting a good deal from the SNP Scottish Government. I have been in close contact Minister's over the importance of renewable development and the role which every part of the Highlands and Islands will play. I will keep up that dialogue with Ministers on renewable development. These figures show that they know where best to invest. However there will need to be infrastructure development soon to match up with technological developments."
Further figures also regarding the Highlands and Islands released by Jim Mather showed that provisionally over £14,300,000 of rates relief was being claimed in the region in the last year which amounted to 15% of the Scottish total for 2009-10.
Mr Gibson said…
"The SNP's business rates relief makes a real difference business around the country. I would encourage those in the Highlands and Islands who are entitled but have yet claimed for the relief to do so."