Scotland in renewable energy heaven

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Whoever said the weather is less than desirable in Scotland? According to environmental groups, Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May.

With the strong winds north of the border, it was recorded that wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes. Now, that really is something!

Wind turbines provided 863,495 MWh of electricity to the National Grid during May compared to May 2016 when wind energy provided 692,896 MWh. That’s a whopping increase of nearly 20%.

Overall the data provided by WeatherEnergy showed that wind generated enough output to supply 100% or more of Scottish homes on 11 of the 31 days in May. ‘Energy revolution’ Scotland’s total electricity consumption, including homes, business and industry, last month was 1,857,566 MWh.

Dr Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: “Despite the disappointment of last week’s announcement that President Trump is to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, the global energy revolution is unstoppable and continues at pace here in Scotland.

“May proved to be another great month for renewables with the wind sector meeting 95% of the electricity needs of Scotland’s households. On one day in particular, 15 May, output from turbines generated enough electricity to power 190% of homes or 99% of Scotland’s total electricity demand. Month after month, renewables play a vital role in cutting carbon emissions and powering the Scottish economy.”

The sun does shine in Scotland

Based on the data provided by WeatherEnergy, WWF Scotland also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV (photovoltaic) panels had enough sunshine to generate more than 100% of the electricity needs of an average household.

Homes with solar PV panels generated over 100% of average household electricity needs in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Lerwick.

Dr Gardner added: “Thanks to a super sunny month, solar was on sizzling form and could have met more than 100% of household electricity demand in towns and cities across Scotland. There was also enough sunshine to generate more than 90% of an average household’s hot water needs with solar hot water panels in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Lerwick, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling.

Karen Robinson, of WeatherEnergy, said: “Scotland again managed to pump out clean power by the bucket load during May. While people might not be too surprised to learn solar power output was up in May, they might be surprised to discover that wind power output was also pretty impressive. Across the UK, solar panels provided a record amount of power on 26 May, when the National Grid reported a 8.5 GWh peak over a half-hour from midday, almost a quarter of total demand."

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