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2014 a "massive year" for Scottish wind and solar

Following a record final month, 2014 proved to be a “massive year” for wind and solar power in Scotland.

Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy found that for the month of December:

  • Wind turbines alone provided around 1,279,150MWh of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply the electrical needs of 164% of Scottish households – or for 3.96 million homes – and a record for the year.
  • Maximum output was on 10 December when generation was an estimated 65,970MWh, enough to supply 6.34 million homes for the whole day – equivalent to 262% of all Scottish households.
  • Minimum output was on 4 December when generation was an estimated 9,295MWh, enough to supply 893,000 homes – equivalent to 37% of all Scottish households.
  • Wind turbines generated enough power to supply over 100% of Scottish households on 25 out of the 31 days of December.

When looking 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.

WWF Scotland 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.”

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