|11 January 2016|

New statistics have confirmed Scotland’s standing as a world leader in renewable energy.

WWF Scotland has released analysis which shows overall yearly wind power output was up 16% last year compared to 2014, generating enough power to meet the electrical needs of 97% of Scottish households during 2015. While Solar power met half or more of household electricity or hot water needs during seven months of 2015

Commenting on new analysis carried out by WWF Scotland, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “I welcome this analysis from WWF Scotland which highlights that 2015 was a very good year for renewable energy in Scotland.

“Scotland’s renewables sector is stronger than ever and our early adoption of clean, green energy technology and infrastructure was the right thing to do. Renewables are now Scotland’s biggest electricity generator with nearly half of gross electricity consumption coming from renewables.

“Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government, we will continue to harness – and bolster – Scotland’s renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure.

“Devolved administrations, like the Scottish Government, will be strong drivers of a progressive climate agenda. A low carbon economy is more than just a practical way forward – green energy plays a crucial role in the security of Scotland’s energy supply.”