Scotland saw a record year for renewable energy last year – with total generation enough to power the equivalent of every home in the country.
New statistics showed the amount of renewable electricity generated in 2012 rose almost 7% compared to the previous year to more than 14,600GWh (Gigawatt hours). If electricity demand last year was similar to 2011, it would mean the equivalent of almost 39% of Scotland’s total electricity needs came from renewable sources. It also made up around 35% of total UK renewable generation in 2012.
Scottish wind generation was at a record high of 8,296GWh, up 19% compared to 2011 and four times the level in 2006. At the end of 2012, there was 5,883MW of installed renewable electricity capacity in Scotland, an increase of 22% from the year before.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “2012 was another record year for renewables in Scotland. Scotland also 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 EU renewable energy targets.”
Scotland has aimed to generate 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015 and 100% by 2020.