More electricity has been generated from solar in the UK in a full day compared to coal for the first time according to analysis from Carbon Brief.
The UK’s solar panels produced an estimated 29GWh of electricity on 9 April, beating the 21GWh generated from coal and providing 4% of the country’s usage. Sheffield Solar, a research project at the University of Sheffield supported by National Grid uses data from over 500 sites to estimate the current half hourly generation from PV systems in the UK, showed that Carbon Brief’s findings were repeated on the following day when 39GWh was reportedly generated.
The National Grid is unable to monitor real time figures for solar generation as this energy is not metered centrally. Carbon Brief compared data from Sheffield Solar and Gridwatch to reach its findings.
Despite representing a first for the UK’s energy mix, Carbon Brief pointed out that this was a “largely symbolic” milestone as solar output has already regularly topped coal during the middle of the day. However, it is expected that this change in usage will become more prominent going into the summer months as energy consumption decreases.
High levels of solar generation have already continued since 9 April, with aggregated daily figures from Sheffield Solar showing 38GWh was generated from PV just yesterday (13 April). According to Aldous Everard, engineering manager for the Sheffield Solar Microgen Database, this trend is set to continue throughout the coming months.
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