BT has bought enough renewable energy from Fallago Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs to match its electricity requirements for the whole of Scotland.
In a deal worth £300 million over the next 20 years, the telecommmunication’s giant will harness 50 per cent of the electricity output of the 48 wind turbines at Fallago Rig, the fifth largest onshore wind farm in the UK.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, and a member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, said the significant Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Fallago Rig underpinned BT’s long-term commitment to the digital fabric of Scotland over the next 20 years.
“It’s fantastic that all of our Scottish infrastructure and estate will be matched with energy from renewable sources in Scotland in a deal which gives us long-term price certainty,” said Mr Dick.
“ BT is one of the UK’s biggest consumers of electricity, and demand for our digital services, including fibre broadband, means we have to keep innovating to meet our needs in an environmentally responsible way.
“At BT we use the power of communications to make a better world. We’re as committed to reducing our own carbon emissions as we are to providing products and services that help everyone live within the planet’s resources. We reduced carbon emissions from our own operations by 25.5 per cent globally during 2013/14.
“Our deal with Fallago Rig reinforces our commitment to make a positive contribution to society and the environment. It’s also a huge vote of confidence in Scottish renewable energy.”
The deal was welcomed by the Scottish Government.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “It is great news for Scotland and the environment that a company the size of BT is taking a local and sustainable approach to sourcing its electricity in Scotland from renewable and low carbon sources.
“With EDF Energy and BT now sharing 100 per cent of the energy produced by Fallago Rig, it secures generation at the site for the long-term future and shows the importance of Scottish renewable energy to Scottish-based businesses and their customers.”