Renewable cheap energy will help Scotland recover from the economic downturn, it has been argued.
According to Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE), Scotland is leading the way in the use of hydropower, wind energy and biomass and it is these technologies that will help the region fully emerge from the recession.
HIE said that moving steadily towards a low carbon economy is a key target of its new operating plan, which sets out the agency's priorities and spending targets for the next three years.
Chairman William Roe said: "This region, home to some of the world's richest resources of wind, wave and tidal power in particular, currently has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fuel the growth of a renewable energy sector at regional and national levels."
A number of renewable cheap energy projects have been given the go-ahead in Scotland, including the Crown Estate's Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Leasing project and the wind turbine construction in Argyll.
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