Wild and windy July proves a ‘belter’ for Scottish renewables

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THIS JULY might have being among the wettest and windiest in Scotland for decades, but it also proved to be a “belter of a month” for renewables.

Analysis by WWF Scotland found that July saw an increase of 58% in the energy produced by wind turbines compared to last year.

Wind generated enough output to supply 100% or more of Scottish homes on eight out of the 31 days of July.

 

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Analysis found that July saw an increase of 58% in the energy produced by wind turbines

 

Meanwhile for homes fitted with solar PV panels, there was enough sunshine to generate an estimated 94% of the electricity needs of an average household in Aberdeen, 87%in Inverness, 85%in Edinburgh, and 79%in Glasgow.

WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said: “It may have been amongst one of the wettest and windiest months in decades, but July also turned out to be a belter of a month for wind power in Scotland.

“Thanks to a combination of increased capacity and much windier weather, output from turbines was up more than half compared to the same period last year – supplying power equivalent to the electrical needs of 1.75 million homes.”

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