March 29 (Renewables Now) - Renewables met the equivalent of 68.1% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland last year, compared to 54% in 2016, the Scottish government said today.
According to new figures, renewable electricity generation in Scotland rose 26% year-on-year in 2017 to 24.8 TWh and set a new record, exceeding the previous annual record year in 2015 by 14%. Wind generation in 2017 increased by 34% and hydro by 9%.
Scotland also hit 10 GW of installed renewables electricity capacity at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017.
Renewable electricity generation in the final quarter of 2017 was up 45% from a year ago.
"These figures show that Scotland’s renewable energy sector is stronger than ever and has a strong pipeline of further projects still to be constructed," energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said.
"Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government that will soon come into full effect, we continue to harness, galvanize and support Scotland’s renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure," Wheelhouse added.