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Solar Success for UK Electricity Supply

2016-10-10 11:00:00 +0100 by Jack Winborn


According to research published by Carbon Brief, solar panels generated more electricity than coal over the last 6 months, for the first time ever.

From April to September 2016, about 10 per cent more electricity was generated from solar power than coal, representing a dramatic development in the UK energy production.

The first ever day when solar produced more than coal was on the 9 April – when there was no coal-fired electricity for the first time since 1882!

Solar capacity has nearly doubled in 2015, but has been hit hard by cuts to Government support.  

However, the UK solar capacity has reached around 12 gigawatts (GW) to-date, according to research by Solar Intelligence, which is up from around 6GW at the start of 2015.  Solar generation is increasing as a result, up 26% in 2016 to date, compared to the same period in 2015.

It’s worth noting that while gas-fired power stations have replaced most of the reduction in coal output, the total supplied by the two fossil fuels is also falling. This is because of increases in electricity supplied by renewables and imports, along with falling demand.

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