Scottish wind power output ‘more than doubles’ this year

The amount of power generated by wind turbines in June was more than double the same time last year. That’s according to new figures from renewable data firm WeatherEnergy. Charity […]

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The amount of power generated by wind turbines in June was more than double the same time last year.

That’s according to new figures from renewable data firm WeatherEnergy.

Charity WWF found wind turbines in Scotland alone provided 620GWh of electricity to the National Grid.

That’s enough to supply the electrical needs of 70% of Scottish households (1.7m homes).

This represents an increase of 120% compared to June 2014, when wind energy provided 281GWh.

The paper also found Scotland’s total electricity consumption (i.e. including homes, business and industry) for June was 1.8TWh.

Wind power therefore generated the equivalent of 33% of the country’s entire electricity needs.

The study went on to show homes fitted with solar PV panels generated an estimated 109% of the electricity needs of an average household in Aberdeen. For those homes fitted with solar hot water panels, there was enough sunshine to generate 99% of an average household’s hot water needs in Aberdeen, it claimed.

WWF Scotland’s Director Lang Banks said: “While much of the attention may have been focused on the welcome summer sunshine, June also turned out to be an astonishing month for wind power in Scotland.

“Thanks to a combination of increased capacity and stronger winds, output from turbines more than doubled compared to the same period last year – supplying power equivalent to the electrical needs of 1.7 million homes.”