It was revealed 4 June 2014 that BT has agreed a £300m deal to buy enough energy from Fallago Rig wind farm to meet the energy demands of all its Scottish operations for the next 20 years. BT Scotland director Brendan Dick has recognised the company is a major consumer of electricity and has said the firm was keen to meet its energy needs in an environmentally responsible way.

The telecom giant had previously signed a contract in 2004 to ensure BT’s depots, offices and 6,500 telephone exchanges would be powered mainly from sustainable resources such as wave, solar, wind and hydroelectric schemes. The BT Group signed the world’s largest renewable energy deal with npower and British Gas, and now all of their offices are powered by renewable energy.

In addition, this news is a reminder of The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, a key commitment of the Scottish Government. Scotland aimed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and it is encouraging news that a company the size of BT is taking a local and sustainable approach to sourcing its electricity, helping Scotland achieve its targets of sustainable economic growth.

Notably, the use of renewable energy doesn’t have to fall on the shoulders of large corporations. Any business with a suitable land area can benefit from small scale wind projects. Fine Energy is currently working with a UK Port to put in two 100kW wind turbines to provide electricity to its pump house, essential to the operation of the Port.

Something to bear in mind.