The drive for improved levels of renewable electricity and heat generation is a key strand of climate change mitigation as we move to a low carbon society. Indeed within Scotland it is government policy to generate the equivalent of 100% of gross annual electricity consumption by renewable means by 2020.
We are working with a number of renewable energy consultancies, such as Sgurr Energy, to deliver heritage advice in the early planning stages of their client's projects to ensure that the highest levels of environmental protection can be sustained. Renewable energy typically requires low intensity development sites across large physical footprints, ideal circumstances for avoiding conflict. We achieve this for our clients through early consultation with the local authority archaeology services and by gathering detailed baseline information to enable conflict to be designed out of proposals, helping to secure planning consent.
On those occasions where residual physical impacts cannot be avoided, our field teams can undertake targeted monitoring of construction work. This will excavate and recover archaeological material in a timeous manner to enable the build to proceed.
Renewable energy typically requires low intensity development sites across large physical footprints, ideal circumstances for avoiding conflict.