from Sunday Herald, 31 May 2009
Although wind, wave and tidal power companies in England and Wales can apply to the government’s Carbon Trust for research grants of up to £500,000, firms based in Scotland cannot. Money has run out because the Scottish government has refused to come up with the cash.
The revelation is embarrassing for ministers, who have often proclaimed their ambition to make Scotland “the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy”. And it has provoked scorn from political opponents.
“SNP ministers desperately try to look like they're funding clean technologies, but the money has run out and the commitment's simply not there,” said Green MSP Patrick Harvie.