Figures released this week show Scotland generated the equivalent of more than half its electricity needs from renewable sources in 2015, surpassing the 50% target set by Ministers.
Based on the latest consumption figures from 2014, renewables now generate the equivalent of 57% of Scotland’s power needs.
The statistic, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, means Scotland is now more than halfway towards its target of producing the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy for Scottish Renewables commented this week: “This is another important milestone for our industry.
“There is still a huge amount of potential for future growth, if the industry is given the right backing by government.”
Ms Hogan warned there is doubt over how achievable the next target is.
She said: “Despite having enough projects in the pipeline, recent changes to government support, and hold ups in the consenting process for offshore wind farms, have set us on a path to fall short of the 2020 target.”
These approximate statistics will be confirmed once consumption figures for in 2015 are available later this year.