A record amount of Scotland’s heating is being generated by renewables, according to a new report. Figures published by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government show that 2015 had the largest increase in renewable heat output since measurement began in 2008/09. During the year, Scotland generated at least 5.3% of its non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources, up from 3.8% in 2014. Renewable sources produced an estimated 4,165 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of heat, an increase of 37% from the previous year. The majority of the increase came from large commercial sites installing biomass and combined heat and power systems, and from installations supported by the UK Government’s non-domestic renewable heat incentive, which offers financial incentives for those who generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. Capacity from small-scale biomass and other technologies such as heat pumps also rose by 44% between 2014 and 2015. The Scottish Government’s target is for 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.
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