Park Ecovillage carbon emissions

April 2016 to March 2017

Findhorn Wind Park imports power from the grid when we can’t meet the demand of the Park Ecovillage exceeds production from our wind turbines. For the first seven months of this period we were not able to secure a 100% renewable import contract and as a consequence the Park Ecovillage produced some carbon emissions.

  • FWP generated 755MWh of renewable electricity and the Park EcoVillage usage was 1,119MWh.
  • Of the total power used at the Park 76% was renewable (from FWP & the grid) and 24% was from non-renewable sources, imported when the wind did not blow strongly enough to meet the Park demand.
  • The non-renewable power imported produced 107.8 Tonnes CO2e.
  • FWP also exported 311MWh of renewable power when the wind turbines generated more than the Park could use, saving 79.1 Tonnes CO2e off site.
  • Overall, Park electricity consumption led to a net carbon footprint of 28.7 Tonnes CO2e. This is 25.6g CO2e per kWh consumed compared to a national average of 254 g CO2e per kWh for the year from April 2016 to March 2017.

April 2017 to March 2018

  • FWP generated 999MWh of renewable electricity and the Park EcoVillage usage was 1,233MWh.
  • All the power used at the Park was renewable as we had a 100% ‘green’ import contract throughout this period.
  • FWP exported 399MWh of renewable power when the wind turbines generated more than the Park could use. This saves CO2 emissions off site, but quantifying this saving requires updated fuel mix data to be released late in 2018. Hopefully the new national average will be significantly lower than the previous year.