The membership of the increasingly wind-dominated Scottish Renewable trade
association has fallen by 20% since the UK government announced its cut in
subsidies for new onshore wind farms in May last year, while staff numbers
have also been trimmed.
According to figures issued by the Glasgow-based company, it presently has
280 member companies across Scotland, compared to some 350 in its heyday
during the contracts-for-difference subsidy bonanza around five years ago.
Overall, the industry still employs some 20,000 people in Scottish
renewables. But employment figures area lagging data, so this figure may be
set to fall in the next 12 months or so.
Meanwhile, new and/or sector-specific trade associations have sprung up in
competition to Scottish Renewables – such as the Solar Trade Association
Scotland and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association – which also
provide a range of corporate member services.