National Grid Lowest Ever Peak Demand Thanks to Solar
The UKs National Grid has forecasted that the peak demand this summer will only be 37.5 GW, a fall of 900 MW on last summer, this is thanks to the increase in Solar PV generation capacity. They published the ‘2015 Summer Outlook Report’ this week, it presents their view of the gas and electricity systems for summer 2015. They expect that solar PV will permanently reduce the peak demands in summer. The solar pv capacity has nearly doubled since last February from 2.4 GW to 4.4 GW, and they expect this capacity to increase further. If you would like to read more you can download the report by clicking here.
UK Invest £11.4 Billion in Solar
A new report in March from the DECC (Delivering UK Energy Investment: Low Carbon Energy) shows that £11.4 billion has been invested in solar PV since 2010. The total installed capacity of solar PV in 2010 was only 22 megawatts, which has risen since to a massive 5 gigawatts, generated by around 650,000 installations. We have now reached around 630,000 domestic installations, generating 2.3GW of electricity, that’s around 2,000 domestic installs a week!
Marks and Spencer Break UK Solar Record
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has completed the installation of the UK’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington. The roof-mounted solar panel system is 6.1 megawatts. The system will generate over 5,000 MWh of electricity each year and they will become almost self-sufficient during the day. Read more here.