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Renewables generation soars in Scotland

Scotland generated a total of 18,568 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity in the first half of 2022, up 29% on the same period in 2021.

The Scottish Government’s figures show that a total of 7358GWh of renewable electricity was generated in the second quarter of this year with renewables capacity increasing by 10.5% from June 2021 to 13.3GW in June 2022.

The growth was driven largely by new wind farms becoming operational.

Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications and Strategy at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland has an enormous renewable energy resource: our winds, waves, tides, rainfall and even our longer daylight hours are tremendous assets to the country, and renewable energy technologies enables us to use them to produce direct economic and environmental benefits.

“Renewable electricity generation makes up the vast majority of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption and in the last decade, we have more than tripled our renewable electricity output.

“These figures for the first second quarter of 2022 announced today show Scotland as a renewable energy powerhouse, producing more clean, green electricity than ever before.”

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