October was a “bumper month” for renewables in Scotland – according to an analysis of new figures published by WWF Scotland
Analysis by the environmental group of data provided by the WeatherEnergy organisation found that last month:
- Wind turbines generated an estimated 982,842MWh of electricity, enough to power 3,045,000 homes in the UK – equivalent to 126% of the electricity needs of every home in Scotland.
- For those homes fitted with solar PV panels, there was enough sunshine to meet an estimated 46% of the electricity needs of an average home in Edinburgh, 38% in Inverness, 37% in Glasgow, and 33% in Aberdeen.
- For those homes fitted with solar hot water panels, there was enough sunshine to meet an estimated 41% of the hot water needs of an average home in Edinburgh, 31% in Inverness, 30% in Glasgow, and 27% in Aberdeen.
The data was provided by WeatherEnergy, part of the European EnergizAIR project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, led by the European Agency for Competiveness and Innovation (EACI). The project currently has partners in 10 European countries. Severn Wye Energy Agency is the UK partner.
Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland, said: “While nuclear power plants were being forced to shut because of cracks, Scotland’s wind and sun power were quietly and cleanly helping to keep the lights on in homes across the country.
“With wind power generating enough electricity to power 126% of the needs of every home in Scotland, it really was a bumper month for renewables in Scotland.
“Summer may be a distant memory, but for the tens of thousands of Scottish households that have installed solar panels to generate electricity or heat water, a third or more of their needs were met from the sun this October, helping reduce their reliance on coal, gas, or even oil.”