THE amount of heat produced from green energy sources increased by almost a fifth last year, new figures have revealed.

Statistics from the Energy Saving Trust show renewable sources, such as biomass, ground source and air source heat pumps and solar thermal devices, produced 2,904 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of heat in 2013.

That represents a rise of 17 per cent from the 2012 total of 2,481 GWh. The Scottish Government has set a target of having 11 per cent of non-electrical heat demand being met from renewable sources by 2020.

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Mike Thornton, director of the Energy Saving Trust, said Scotland is "very much on track to reach its renewable heat targets", according to the latest figures. He added that schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), where those who generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings are given payments , form part of a "compelling package of incentives and grants for households that are interested in installing renewable heat technologies".