‘Scotland has provisionally experienced its equal-wettest June on record (shared with 1938) with 156mm of rainfall, 75% above its average for the month….Many parts of southern and eastern Scotland have received over twice the normal June rainfall.’
I doubt many of us needed the metoffice to tell us this news yet according to the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research it is worth installing solar power generation in Scotland. See this:
‘Installing solar power in Scotland is beneficial even though it doesn’t receive as much solar irradiation as somewhere like Africa, India or Southern Europe. Looking at the solar irradiation map, we can see that the solar irradiance in the UK and Scotland is not too dissimilar to Germany – the largest photovoltaic (PV) market in the world, which had 24.7 GW of PV installed at the end of 2011 (European Photovoltaic Industry Association: EPIA Market Report 2011).’
See the map above for evidence of this. Further, see this pie chart below as evidence of just how significant an element solar power could be though this is for the UK as a whole so the ratio of solar to wind power would be a bit different. However, latitude is not the only factor and the report from Siser reveals that: ‘some installations in Scotland, like the ones in the Dundee/Aberdeen area, regularly perform just as well as installations down south. Interestingly in April and May installations on the west coast also performed as well as some in Cornwall.’
Also, the quality of the installation may be more significant than the actual amount of ‘solar irradiance.’ So a top quality installation in Dundee could generate more than a lower quality one in Essex.
I know, we’ve already got more wind, tidal and carbon-based resources than we could possibly use but we can sell the surplus.