Figures published by the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) showed that renewable energy production in Scotland rose by 7% in 2012 to a record 14.6GWh.
Holyrood ministers said that the total was enough to power all of Scotland’s homes and enough to meet 39% of its overall electricity needs, putting the nation on course to hit the Scottish Government’s targets of 50% by 2015 and 100% by 2020.
Analysis of the data by trade body Scottish Renewables found that investment in the renewable energy sector doubled in 2012 to £1.54 billion as a further 1GW of capacity was brought online, taking Scotland’s total to 5.8GW.
Scotland contributes to UK and EU targets
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland contributed more than a third of the entire UK’s renewables output, demonstrating just how important a role our renewable resource is playing in terms of helping the UK meet its binding European Union renewable energy targets.”
Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “It’s been another record breaking year for the renewable energy industry in Scotland with more of our electricity being produced by renewable energy sources than ever before, and we’ve doubled the investment being driven into the Scottish economy in just one year.
“We are on track to be Scotland’s main source of electricity by the end of this year. Renewables is now a major part of our energy mix and is a significant part of our economy.”