Wind farm in Scotland. Author: Neil Williamson. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
Wind generation in Scotland rose by almost 20% last month compared to May 2016, providing enough electricity to meet the needs of 95% of Scottish households, according to WWF Scotland.
Helped by strong winds, turbines in Scotland supplied 863,494.63 MWh of electricity to the National Grid, up from 692,896.1 MWh in the same month of 2016, the environmental group said based on data from WeatherEnergy. The wind output in May was equivalent to 46% of Scotland's entire electricity needs for the month.
The strong sun in May also meant there was enough sunshine to generate over 100% of the electricity needs of an average household in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Lerwick.
"Scotland again managed to pump out clean power by the bucket load during May. While people might not be too surprised to learn solar power output was up in May, they might be surprised to discover that wind power output was also pretty impressive," said Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy.