Wind turbines in Scotland fed 1,240,095 MWh of electricity into the National Grid last month, a new record for March and a jump of 81% compared to the same month in 2016, WWF Scotland said this week.
The wind power output last month beat the previous March record of 1,006,018 MWh, which was set in 2015. The 1,240,095 MWh of power is enough to supply 136% of Scottish households, or 3.3 million homes, according to WWF Scotland's analysis of data provided by WeatherEnergy. It is also equal to 58% of Scotland's total electricity consumption for March.
"Given this March wasn’t as windy as it has been in some previous years, this year’s record output shows the importance of continuing increase capacity by building new wind farms," said WWF Scotland's director Lang Banks.
The environmental group called on political parties in Scotland to back the continued deployment of onshore wind to cut carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way.