As Britain bakes in record temperatures and experts today warn the UK needs to step up long term efforts to cope with the escalating risk of heat waves, it appears the ongoing sunny weather is providing a major boon for at least one sector: the UK solar industry. Renewables investor Octopus yesterday hailed a record high level of energy generation from its UK portfolio of solar PV projects over the past month thanks to Britain’s continuing heat wave. During the 30 days to 22 July the company’s solar portfolio generated 155GWh of electricity, which it said was 19 per cent above forecasts. The solar power generated is enough to power 50,000 average UK homes for a year, Octopus said. However, the recent weather has not been entirely good news for UK renewable energy. Reports have suggested the UK is suffering something of a ‘wind drought’, leaving July’s output from the country’s fleet of wind turbines down 40 per cent on the same period last year.
Business Green 25th July 2018 read more »
Online retail giant Amazon is planning to install rooftop solar PV on at least three of its UK-based fulfilment centres, Solar Power Portal can reveal, with just under 3MW of commercial rooftop solar in the pipeline. Planning documents for three sites were submitted last week. Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Daventry and the retailer’s new Doncaster iPort facility are all set to benefit from commercial rooftop installations should the company go ahead with the installs. Planning documents for the Daventry and Rugeley sites reveal their expected capacities to be 590kWp and 248kWp respectively. Rather than full planning applications, these projects fall under permitted development rights and as such are merely planning notifications.
Solar Power Portal 25th July 2018 read more »
Solar developers could be offered ‘time-profiled’ grid access during daylight hours to suit the generation profiles of their sites under a planned shake-up of the distribution network access and charging arrangements. Yesterday Ofgem published an 88-page consultation seeking views on ‘getting more out of our electricity networks through reforming access and forward-looking charging arrangements’. As part of a whole raft of proposals outlining changes to the current regime, the regulator is seeking views on the potential to offer solar developers access rights to the distribution and transmission systems based on time of day.
Solar Power Portal 24th July 2018 read more »
How a solar farm in Kent could bring a new dawn for renewable energy. Experts are getting excited about a proposed solar farm in the southeast of England and what it could mean for a future without fossil fuels.
Independent 25th July 2018 read more »