A surge of solar photovoltaic installations, along with strong sunshine across the UK, has resulted in the record generation of solar power.
There are now over 450,000 solar installations across Britain, with a capacity of 2.7GW. On clear, sunny days solar power is able to generate around 2% of UK electricity demand over a 24 hour period, and 6% of the demand between 10am and 5pm.
Ray Noble, PV specialist at the Solar Trade Association said, “The UK generated around 16,000MWh on Tuesday [23rd July] compared to 9,900MWh of wind. The total consumption of electricity on this relatively calm day was 766,987MWh.”
Leonie Greene, communications director of the association added: “These few sunny weeks have shown that the solar resource in Britain is phenomenal.
“We now have a very large number of domestic installations and around one-third of the solar electricity generated now comes from utility-sized solar fields. But there are still very few medium-sized commercial or industrial installations. If the government backed these they would see enormous payback.”