Solar power has hit new record highs in the UK, providing almost a quarter of the country’s electricity at one point last month, analysis shows. The solar industry estimates the country now has almost 12 gigawatts (GW) of solar panels, on homes, offices, warehouses, schools and other buildings and in solar farms – enough to power the equivalent of 3.8 million homes. New analysis by MyGridGB for the Solar Trade Association (STA) shows that solar power hit a new peak of meeting 23.9% of demand in the early afternoon on June 5.
Daily Mail 4th July 2016 read more »
Solar has trickled across the 40 GW threshold in Germany, while the UK now has 10 GW, according to data just published in each country. But both markets are slowing down. Germany’s Network Agency has announced that just over 100 MW of new arrays added in May, bringing the total up to 40.09 GW. Nonetheless, growth is slow. In the first five months of 2016, Germany only added 394 MW, compared to 518 MW in the same timeframe from the previous year – which itself fell roughly 40% below the target of 2.5 GW.
Renew Economy 4th July 2016 read more »
The UK’s largest community-owned urban solar farm has started to generate electricity from its location at a special school in Edinburgh. The Oaklands school is the second building in the city to get solar panels as part of the UK’s largest community-owned urban solar farm – and is the first to be producing continuous power to the grid.
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