We have roughly 2 500 000 homes in Scotland and already have enough wind and tidal capacity to meet the demand for 3 200 000* homes after the installation of a new 1 Gwh wind-farm in a national forest near Dumfries with the capacity for 500 000 homes. According a to fully-sourced Wikipedia account, Scotland has:
- existing installed capacity of 1.3 Gwh of hydro-electric schemes
- an estimated potential of 36.5 Gwh of wind
- 25% of the estimated total wind power capacity in Europe
- An estimated potential of 7.5 Gwh of tidal power
- 14 GWh of wave power potential, 10% of EU capacity
- Total renewable electricity generating capacity may be 60 Gwh or more
So, with a potential to generate 60 GWh what is our domestic demand? In 2015 it was only 6 Gwh!
*This, of course, depends on wind energy collected but we have already had one complete month (October) with 189% and another (May) with 95% prior to the completion of the three massive offshore fields – Neart Na Gaoithe, Inch Cape and Seagreen in the Outer Firths of Tay and Forth.
The Scottish government target of 100% by 2030 is fast looking pretty timid as we surge toward 100% by 2020 and, perhaps, 1 000% by 2030.