The renewable energy industry now supports more than 22,000 jobs in Scotland and accounts for output of £5.2 billion a year, according to a report.
The statistics, from the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute, show onshore wind is the nation’s biggest employer, followed by offshore wind and hydropower.
The industry, which provides the equivalent of 97% of Scotland’s electricity consumption, also has a large impact on other parts of Scotland’s economy, supporting almost 3,000 jobs in construction and 2,200 jobs in manufacturing.
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “These new figures show not just the number of people employed by our members and others, but also the reach of the industry into other parts of the economy.
“Armed with this data we can now begin the process of mapping the industry’s growth as it takes a central place in the recovery from coronavirus and, of course, as we deploy more of the energy generation technology needed to meet our 2045 net-zero carbon emissions target.”