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February 10, 2015
By: WWF Scotland

2014 a "massive year" for wind and solar power in Scotland - new data published


Analysis by WWF Scotland

When looking at data for the whole of 2014…

  • Wind turbines provided an estimated 8,958,130MWh of electricity to the National Grid, or an average of 746,510MWh each month - enough to supply the electrical needs of 98% of Scottish households, or 2.36 million homes

  • The top two months for wind power output were December (1,279,150MWh = 3.96m homes = 164% of Scottish households) and February (1,152,047MWh = 3.95m homes = 163% of Scottish households).

  • The bottom two months for wind power output were June (281,735MWh = 0.90m homes = 37% of Scottish households) and September (308,302MWh = 0.99m homes = 41% of Scottish households).

  • Wind generated enough power to supply over 100% of Scottish households during six out of the 12 months – January, February, March, October, November, and December.

  • For homes fitted with solar PV panels, during June and July there was enough sunshine in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness to generate an estimated 100% or more of the electricity needs of an average home, and 60% or more in the same four cities during March, April, May, August, and September.

  • For homes fitted with solar hot water panels, in July there was enough sunshine in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness to generate an estimated 100% of the hot water needs of an average home, and 70% or more in the same four cities during April, May, June, and August.

 

Commenting on the data, WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said

“Without doubt, 2014 was a massive year for renewables, with wind turbines and solar panels helping to ensure millions of tonnes of climate-wreaking carbon emissions were avoided. With 2015 being a critical year for addressing climate change internationally, it’s vital that Scotland continues to press ahead with plans to harness even greater amounts of clean energy.


“December turned out to a record-breaking month for wind power, with enough green energy generated to supply a record 164% of Scottish households with the electricity they need. Even on calmer days, wind still supplied the equivalent of over a third of electricity needs of every home.


“For 2014 as a whole, on average, wind power generated enough to supply the electrical needs of 98% of Scottish households, with six months where the amount was greater that 100%. And, in the tens of thousands of Scottish households that have installed solar panels saw them meet two-thirds or more of their electricity or hot water needs from the sun during several months of the year, helping those homes to reduce their reliance on coal, gas, or even oil.”

 

[read Analysis by WWF Scotland]


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