A total of £750m ($1.2bn) worth of new renewable energy projects came online in Scotland in the last 12 months, according to new figures.

Trade group Scottish Renewables said installed capacity had risen from 3920 MW to 4620 MW, with 465 MW accounted for by new onshore wind developments.

The group is presenting the figures to the Scottish parliament to make a case for increased renewable energy investment ahead of a draft budget.

Scottish Renewables’ chief executive Niall Stuart added that the capital value of renewable projects in Scotland could hit £46bn.

“The plans for continued private sector investment in onshore wind, and expansion of offshore wind, wave, tidal, biomass and hydro, add up to some £46bn in capital investment.

“This is in addition to proposals by grid operators to invest £7bn in electricity networks to replace ageing infrastructure, connect new generation and increase inter-connections with England and other parts of the UK, and for around 1000 MW of new pumped storage.”

He added that “delivery of even a proportion of these projects will make renewables a key driver of capital investment in Scotland over the next decade”.

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