The company has refocused itself as a generator and distributor of renewable electricity and raised £1.5bn through disposals already.
Gains from these helped profits jump to £.2.52bn (£587mln) in the year to end March 2021, though on an underlying basis the gain was more modest at 4% to £1.07bn.
Power generated during the year fell by 3% while sales to business tumbled 23% as customers were closed during the pandemic lockdowns.
SSE estimated the total cost of the pandemic at £170mln, which was below its initial expectations.
The dividend for the year edged up to 81p (80p), which SSE said was in line with a five-year plan up to 2023.
SSE also has hefty capital expenditure commitments coming up including a £7.5bn renewable plan including Seagreen, Viking and the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.
The transmission arm is set for expenditure of £2.8bn for its next regulatory period, while the distribution arm’s plans will be submitted in July.