It is no secret that Scotland has set bold objectives for itself with regards to renewable energy, and the nation’s progressive agenda seems to be paying off.

New numbers released by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change show that Scotland generated the equivalent of 57.7 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable sources last year. This record figure beats the government’s 2015 interim goal to meet half the nation’s electrical energy demand from renewable sources, and means Scotland is more than midway to its final goal of achieving fully renewable electrical energy.

Industry trade body Scottish Renewables said the latest figures suggest Scotland is now more than halfway towards it target of producing the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “This is another important milestone for our industry and shows renewables are now a mainstream part of our power sector.

“There is still a huge amount of potential for future growth, if the industry is given the right backing by government.”

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “It’s fantastic news to learn that Scotland has continued to grow its use of renewables and now generates well over half of its annual electricity needs from clean energy sources.

“Ahead of May’s elections we need all political parties to continue to prioritise renewables and commit to ensuring Scotland secures the benefits of becoming the EU’s first fully renewable electricity nation by 2030.

“Independent research has shown that it is possible for Scotland to have a secure, efficient electricity system, based on almost entirely renewable electricity generation, by 2030.

“Embracing that vision would maximise the opportunities to create new jobs, empower communities and support local economic renewal throughout the country.”