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Scotland Hits Another Renewable High

01 Jul 13:00 by Steve Walia

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Scotland has hit another impressive milestone on the clean energy adoption front. The country produced a new record for clean and green renewable energy during January to March of this year, producing enough clean power to supply nearly 90% of the country's homes.

In total, 8877 GWh of clean power was generated in Q1 of this year, which is a 17% year-on-year increase for the same period.

The majority of this electricity, 5792 GWh, was produced by onshore wind turbines, according to figures produced for the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The total amount of renewable power produced would be sufficient to power 88% of Scotland's homes for a full year.

Paul Wheelhouse, the energy minister, applauded the latest achievement for Scotland's energy sector, saying that it was going from strength to strength. Total capacity for renewable energy generation also grew year on year, to 11.3 GW from 10.4 GW last year.

Wheelhouse said that renewables were able to meet around 74% o total demand in 2018, and the share of clean energy usage continues to grow, especially with the use of offshore wind growing in prominence and further projects now underway for additional developments.

Exports for clean energy were also at a new high, growing to 4543 GWh and meeting the total power needs of over 1.1 million households for a full year.

Wheelhouse added that the achievement had been achieved despite the British government's decision to remove and reduce clean energy generation subsidies and to remove the right for onshore wind companies to bid for public contracts. He added that infrastructure and generation would continue to grow in Scotland and achieve further success and called on the government to release support for onshore wind and other cheap, effective and popular renewable energy sources.