Renewables are now the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland at a record 38 per cent of total output.
This is higher than both nuclear (33 per cent) and fossil fuels (28 per cent) for the first time, statistics published this week have revealed.
Renewable sources delivered 49.7% of gross electricity consumption in 2014 – up from 44.4% in 2013. This means that the 2015 50% renewable electricity target has almost been met one year ahead of schedule.
Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 29 per cent of the total UK renewable output in 2014. Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 23.7 per cent of generation in 2014.
Welcoming the figures, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The historic agreement reached at the global climate change summit in Paris earlier this month sends a signal of certainty about the global economy’s low carbon future, in the same way as Scotland did through our world-leading climate legislation in 2009.
“Today’s figures show that 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.
“It is fantastic news that renewables are now Scotland’s biggest electricity generator, and that nearly half of gross electricity consumption comes from renewables.”