Scotland’s renewable energy generation was 17% higher in the first half of 2017 than the same period last year and is on course for a record year for clean power, according to UK government figures.

The figures – released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – show that renewables delivered the equivalent of 54% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2016, the Scottisg government said.

Scotland generated approximately 24% of total UK renewable electricity in 2016.

Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “Today’s statistics show that Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, and that our renewable energy sector is stronger than ever. 

“This reflects our commitment to clean, green energy building, and we will continue to support the renewable energy sector in Scotland.”

Image: the Harestanes wind farm Scotland (Iberdrola)