A new report published by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government has shown a record amount of Scotland's heating is being generated by renewables.
According to the report, which shows 2015 had the largest increase in renewable heat output since measurement began in 2008/09, Scotland generated at least 5.3% of its non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources, up from 3.8% in 2014. An estimated 4,165GWh (Gigawatt hours) of heat was produced from renewable sources, an increase of 37% from the previous year.
The report also showed that capacity from technologies such as heat pumps also rose by 44% between 2014 and 2015.
Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, said "Heat makes up more than 50% of Scotland's current energy consumption and approximately 47% of our emissions - the largest source for both. That is why these record-breaking figures are so encouraging.
"They show that programmes such as the district heating loan scheme, the low carbon infrastructure transition programme and the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme are inspiring people to harness renewables to heat their homes and businesses."
Ice Energy Technologies' Founder and Managing Director, Andrew Sheldon said "These are extremely encouraging figures which demonstrate the appetite for, and belief in renewables within Scotland as well as the commitment of the Scottish Government to adopt renewable technologies in their attempts to meet climate change targets.
"Scotland now has the ideal platform on which to build towards reaching these targets and heat pumps, as shown by the findings of the report, have a pivotal role to play. Not only can they significantly reduce running costs, particularly in off-gas, rural areas but with loans of up to £10,000 available via the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme to fund the purchase of heat pumps, there has never been a better time to consider these systems.
"If you then factor in the tax-free, index-linked payments available via the Renewable Heat Incentive which are issued quarterly over seven years, the case for investing in heat pumps simply becomes even stronger.