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03 July 2018

SCORCHING SUN BOOSTS SCOTLAND’S SOLAR OUTPUT – WWF Scotland comment

 

As much of Scotland continues to bask in glorious sunshine, new figures released today (Tues) show the warm weather massively boosted the country’s solar output in June. [1]

 

Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland said:

 

“June was certainly a bumper month for solar power as we basked in a heatwave. Householders in cities across the country, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, could have enjoyed more than 130 per cent of their electricity and enough hot water for the whole month from solar energy alone.

 

“Wind output was slightly lower in June than the same time last year but was still high enough to power over 2 million homes and meet 87 per cent of household electricity demand, or 44 per cent of total electricity demand.

 

“Renewables are a key component of our power system, cutting emission and creating jobs. But to harness their full potential the UK Government must urgently unlock the market for mature technologies like onshore wind and solar. Indeed only last week the Committee on Climate Change advised that the UK Government’s failure to take advantage of these low cost, low risk options is unfairly penalising consumers who could enjoy lower energy bills.”

 

Alex Wilcox Brooke, Weather Energy Project Manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency said:

 

“In the midst of the current heatwave it’s no surprise that June has been a hugely productive month for solar energy. Luckily for us this has been accompanied by a cool breeze with wind output higher than expected for this time of year.”

 

Ends

 

Notes to Editors

 

[1] Part of a joint project to help the public better understand the nation’s renewable energy resource, the data is 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). Severn Wye Energy Agency is the UK partner.

 

http://www.weatherenergy.co.uk

Solar PV

 

Location

Potential generation in kWh

 

June ‘18

% of an average household electricity demand provided

Potential generation in kWh

 

June ‘17

% of an average household electricity demand provided

Potential generation in kWh

 

June ‘16

% of an average household electricity demand provided

Aberdeen

494.2

136%

309.5

85%

409.7

112%

Dumfries

520.6

143%

302.4

83%

333.5

91%

Dundee

491.9

135%

343.7

94%

344.5

95%

Edinburgh

493.3

135%

310.5

85%

360.1

99%

Glasgow

498.5

137%

292.3

80%

361.4

99%

Inverness

462.0

127%

291.3

80%

342.9

94%

Lerwick

426.8

117%

346.3

95%

465.9

128%

Perth

472.4

130%

319.9

88%

326.6

90%

Stirling

481.5

132%

295.1

81%

331.6

91%

Solar Thermal

 

Location

% of an average household hot water provided by solar thermal

June ‘18

% of an average household hot water provided by solar thermal

June ‘17

% of an average household hot water provided by solar thermal

June ‘16

Aberdeen

100%

86%

93%

Dumfries

100%

85%

89%

Dundee

100%

91%

84%

Edinburgh

100%

86%

77%

Glasgow

100%

78%

63%

Inverness

98%

86%

87%

Lerwick

97%

92%

99%

Perth

99%

89%

82%

Stirling

100%

81%

88%

 

Further technical information can be found here:

 

http://www.weatherenergy.co.uk/sites/default/files/About%20WeatherEnergy_technical%20%282%29_0.pdf