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Worldwide Solar Power Capacity Grows In 2016

Those of you involved in the solar power industry and the general public may be interested to note that, according to a REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century report published this year, solar power capacity grew by more than all the other renewable energy sources in 2016.

solar power is a significant player in the renewable energy sector

Solar pv capacity increased globally in 2016

In 2016, renewable energy capacity rose by 161 gigawatts around the world. 47% of this figure was due to solar power. 34% was due to wind power. 15.5% was due to hydropower. The amount of solar pv capacity grew from 228 gigawatts in 2015 to 303 gigawatts in 2016. The top five countries in 2016 in respect of additions to net capacity, investment on an annual basis and productions were China, USA, Japan, India and the UK. It is pleasing to see that the UK has managed to feature in fifth position.

It is interesting that some 9.8 million jobs exist within the renewable energy sector around the world. Of these jobs, in the region of 2.825 million work within the solar energy sector- that is a significant number of people and just goes to show how beneficial the renewable energy industry is in providing much needed jobs in many countries around the world.

We are sure that you will agree that the above figures make for interesting reading but more data can be found in the report that can be viewed on the website of REN21 so why not take a look to find out more information. We are sure that you will find it very interesting and informative.

It is going to be interesting to observe what happens in respect of UK and global solar power capacity for the remainder of this year and for many years to come as the world attempts to achieve its global renewable energy and carbon emission targets to help ensure that we all have a more environmentally friendly planet in which to live.

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Chinese Solar Panel Manufacturing Predicted to Grow In 2017

It is well known that China is a huge manufacturer of solar photovoltaic panels that are then used in solar panel installations in China and a number of other countries around the world. Well, it is being forecast that China is to significantly increase the number of solar panels it builds this year in comparison to 2016.

This year it is being predicted that the volume of solar panels built in China will rise considerably

Solar panel manufacturing in China is predicted to increase significantly in 2017

Apparently, last year China manufactured solar photovoltaic panels that had a capacity of 48 GW. In 2017, it is being forecast that solar panels will be built with a capacity of 60 GW. That is a huge increase of 25%. Those panels will be used both in China and certain other countries around the world.

Of course this will be excellent news for those working in the solar panel industry in China as, presumably, it may lead to more jobs being created that the Chinese people will no doubt welcome.

China has certainly become a big player within the solar power industry and it looks set to grow its manufacturing output significantly. China has previously become involved in a trade war with the likes of the USA and countries within the European Union over solar panels.

China’s solar capacity target that was set for 2020 is being forecast to be reached before that date which is perhaps an indication of how keen China is to encourage the take up of solar power within its own country. Whilst there will no doubt be significant interest in solar panel installations in China it will be interesting to see just how quickly things progress.

It will be interesting to monitor the manufacturing output of solar panel manufacturers in other countries such as the USA, Germany and the UK to see how it compares with China in 2017. We will continue to keep our readers updated periodically as and when information becomes available about the above.

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Solar Panels Prove Popular In Australia

You may be interested to read that there are a lot of residential properties in Australia that have had solar panel systems fitted according to research carried out by Roy Morgan Research. The market research company claims to be the longest established business of its kind in Australia and has offices in other parts of the world including the UK and the USA.

solar panels have proved popular in Australia

Australia has a high percentage of homes with solar panels

In the 12 months to March 2017, their research found that 23.2% of residential properties in the country had solar panels fitted. That would appear to be a high percentage and the country is to be commended for its keenness to support solar power thus no doubt helping reduce the country’s carbon emissions and increase its use of renewable energy.

The above research company has also provided a breakdown of the take up of solar panels for residential properties on a state-by-state basis. The state with the largest percentage take up of having solar panels fitted is South Australia with 32.8%. In second place is Queensland with a take up of 30.2%. In third place is Western Australia with 26.6%. Victoria has 21% of households that have had solar panels fitted. The Northern Territory has 18.2% of households having solar panels fitted at their properties. New South Wales has 17.7% of homes fitted with solar panels and Tasmania has 17.3% having had such panels installed.

It will be interesting to monitor Australia’s future installation of solar panels to see if the percentage of households having them installed continues to grow. Here in the UK there has been a slow-down in the number of solar panel systems being installed in the last couple of years or so for one or more reasons.

If you are looking for one or more quotes to have solar panels fitted here in the UK then why not get in touch with us and we will arrange for you to be contacted by as many as three MCS certified installers of solar panels to discuss your requirements in detail and provide a quotation.

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250 Trains In India To Have Solar Panels Fitted

We recently mentioned about how India was increasing its use of solar power to reduce carbon emissions and provide an environmentally friendly source of energy in the country. Well, Indian Railways is planning to install solar panels on the roofs of a number of its trains. It is already fitting solar photovoltaic panels to the roofs of a considerable number of its buildings.

Around 250 trains from Indian Railways are planning to have solar panels fitted to the roofs of coaches

Some Indian railways trains are planning to have solar panels fitted to the coach roofs

The railway company just happens to be the fourth biggest train company in the world. It is to fit solar panels to 250 of its trains’ coaches that provide a local service with the energy being used to provide power for lights and fans. Batteries will also be used.

Companies involved in solar panels will be invited to tender for the work and will carry out trials on a number of trains for a couple of months before a decision is made as to which company is to be awarded the project. It certainly sounds like it is a particularly large contract.

There are so many places that solar panels can be fitted to help generate electricity and, over the years, we have made reference to some of them. It is not only the roofs of homes and commercial buildings that make ideal locations for solar panels. For instance, they have been installed on ambulances here in the UK and attached to backpacks to be used by walkers to help charge up mobile phones or tablets.

Solar panels have been attached to a large “raft” that is floated on the top of water such as on reservoirs and the sea to use space that would not be required for any other purpose. Solar panels have been used in parking lots where electric car charging points are situated to help provide the energy for alternatively fuelled vehicles.

It will be interesting to see how successful the installation of these solar panels will be atop a large number of trains’ coaches operated by Indian Railways.

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Will Trump’s Mexican Wall Incorporate Solar Panels?

Donald Trump, who is the President of the United States of America, announced some time ago that he wanted a very long wall built along the Mexican border with the USA. Well, apparently, he has now suggested that solar panels could be placed on the wall.

It appears that Donald Trump is considering the possibility of having solar panels fitted to the wall that he would like built on the border with Mexico

Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

It has been mentioned by some that the above suggestion seems rather strange from someone who played a part in the United States of America ceasing to be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement that most countries around the world had signed up to some time ago.

Some people are also questioning the feasibility of fixing solar photovoltaic panels to the wall that has yet to be constructed on the border between Mexico and the USA for a number of reasons. It will be interesting to see if the wall ends up being constructed as the cost is no doubt significant and Mr Trump had said that Mexico would have to pay towards its construction but this was not well received by Mexico. Will the United States of America be asking Mexico to contribute towards the cost of the solar panels?

Bearing in mind the length of the border between both countries there would no doubt be an awful lot of solar panels needed and there would also be a considerable cost in completing such a project that would no doubt take quite some time to finish. Some have also questioned how effective the solar panels would be if they were placed flat against the proposed wall as they are normally more productive when fitted at an angle.

It will be interesting to monitor developments over the coming months in respect of the possibility of solar panels being fitted to the wall should it ever be built. Here at Solar Panels UK, we will continue to keep our readers updated about the above.

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Record Achieved For Solar Power

If you have an interest in solar power then you will be pleased to hear that on Friday 26th May 2017, according to the National Grid, 8.7 gigawatts of electricity was generated by solar power. Within the UK, this made up over 24% of the total amount of electricity generated and broke the record achieved earlier this month.

Solar power is genearting a significant amount of electricity to the National Grid

Solar Power is proving to be a significant contributor to the National Grid in terms of electricity.

Only gas produced more energy with this source providing around 30%. Nuclear sources were responsible for about 23%. The level of solar power reached is a considerable achievement and the solar power industry surely deserves a “pat on the back”. This success was no doubt helped by the excellent sunny weather we had at that time.

No doubt the solar power industry would welcome further incentives from the Government and it will be interesting to see if the above achievement has any impact in this respect. There are far fewer solar panel installations being fitted to properties in the UK when compared with two or three years ago so anything that can be done to reverse this would no doubt be welcomed by those operating within the solar power industry such as manufacturers of solar panel systems and those businesses that install them in various parts of the UK.

Something would appear to need to happen sooner rather than later to incentivise more people to have solar panels fitted either to their residential or commercial premises. After all, there are renewable energy and carbon emission targets to be strived for between now and 2020 and no doubt beyond.

As can be seen from the above, solar power is proving a huge benefit in the UK. So, if you would like one or more quotes for having solar panels installed at your business premise or residential property then why not get in touch with us and we will arrange for you to be contacted in this respect.

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Solar Power Takes Off In India

You may be interested to read that, whilst we have seen solar panel installations reduce here in the UK over many months, India has seen the reverse take place. So, this may bode well for the solar power industry that is potentially good news.

India has seen a big increase in solar power capacity

The Taj Mahal in India

In fact, the world biggest solar farm was constructed in India covering around 2,500 acres. India has seen its solar power capacity increase by around four times in the last three years to about 12 gigawatts. This is a very big increase. In addition, it is also being forecast that solar capacity will increase significantly this year.

Solar power has enabled many citizens living in India especially some residing in the countryside to benefit from electricity that they have not previously had in their homes. Solar panels provide energy to power a variety of things in homes such as lighting and they can even be used to help charge up mobile phones.

No doubt solar power will help reduce carbon emissions in India so this will be of benefit to those people living in that vast, heavily populated country.

It is going to be interesting to monitor solar panel installations over the next few years in India. Let us hope that its forecast increase in capacity turns out to be correct as the industry needs some good news at the moment. With so many people having solar photovoltaic panels installed in the country it will presumably have provided the additional benefit of more jobs being created which is no doubt much needed.

It would be wonderful if the UK saw a significant upturn in solar panel installations in both domestic and commercial premises as the country strives to meet its renewable energy and carbon emission targets by 2020. We will keep our readers updated about any other interesting news to do with the solar power industry.

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Solar Powered Electric Buses For Brighton

Brighton is possibly the first place in the UK to be about to charge electric buses using solar panels. This is excellent news for the solar power industry.

two of the Big Lemon bus company's electric buses are to be charged up with the assistance of solar power

The Big Lemon Bus Company has had solar panels installed to provide power for a couple of its electric buses.

The Big Lemon bus company has had 120 solar panels fitted to the roof of its bus depot at a cost of around £25,000. The solar photovoltaic panels are capable of generating electricity in the region of 30,000kWh enabling a couple of the buses to operate entirely using renewable energy that will no doubt help the environment by reducing carbon emissions. Presumably, this may also mean that the bus company is able to save on fuel costs in the coming years.

It will be interesting to see if any other bus companies here in the UK decide to follow suit and charge up some of their fleets of electric buses using solar power. Will we then see one or two coach companies do the same although, in the main, such vehicles tend to make longer journeys than buses do?

Solar panels are used for a variety of purposes in addition to the more traditional use for providing electricity to homes and businesses in many parts of the UK. For instance, solar panels have been built into the design of some rucksacks enabling the likes of walkers to be able to charge up their mobile phones whilst on the move. Here in the UK, as well as elsewhere in the world, it is possible to have the roof of a newly built property that has incorporated solar panel roof tiles in it as opposed to having the solar panels fitted to the surface of the roof tiles making the panels less obtrusive.

It may be that, over the next few years, we see solar panels being used for other more unusual things as people produce products that can incorporate solar panels into their design. We will continue to let our readers know about such projects periodically.

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Solar Panel Sales Drop

According to data published by the Solar Trade Association (STA) this month, the sale of domestic solar panel systems for installation on roofs has dropped significantly when compared with the average number of sales since the beginning of FIT here in the UK. In fact, there has been a drop of 75% when comparing the first quarter of this year with the start of FIT.

solar panel installations for domestic properties have fallen here in the UK

There has been a significant drop in the sale of solar panels for domestic installations here in the UK.

In respect of the number of such installations this means that the number of domestic rooftop installations has gone down to about 650 in comparison to a figure of about 2,700. That is a huge fall in numbers.

When looking at the sale of 50kW plus installations on roofs in the first quarter of 2017 there has been a drop of around 65% when this period is compared with the average number of installations in 2016. Again, we are sure that you will agree, this is a huge fall in the deployment of solar photovoltaic panels.

It is also concerning to read that the number of jobs in the solar industry in the summer of last year is estimated to have dropped by about 33%. This obviously has an impact in so many ways such as affecting the economy here in the UK and the families who had someone loose their job in the industry.

It is to be hoped that something can be done to boost the solar panel industry that will hopefully result in more jobs being created in this part of the renewable energy sector and that may help lower carbon emissions here in the UK. It will be interesting to see if the government is able to do anything more to help bolster the solar panel industry on an ongoing basis.

Here at Solar Panels UK we will continue to keep our readers up to date with a range of interesting news articles about solar photovoltaic panels.

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Record For Transmission System Demand

There has been some bad publicity about solar power in the recent past so it is great when we hear some good news. So, we thought that we would share it with you.

On the 25th March 2017 a record was broken for the transmission system demand in the UK falling below that generated in the night due to the amount of solar energy

A solar power record was broken on the 25th March 2017 here in the UK.

Apparently, on the afternoon of Saturday the 25th March 2017, according to the National Grid, UK transmission system demand fell below the demand during the night for the first time. In the afternoon, demand fell to less than 25 GW. The lowest that the transmission system demand figure has ever been in the night is around 26 GW. The reason for the record being broken is being put down to more solar energy being produced as on the above Saturday the weather was particularly pleasant.

Another interesting statistic is that over the weekend of the 25th and 26th March 2017 output at coal and gas fired power stations had to be lowered to cope with almost 8 GW of solar energy. This really is excellent news for the solar power industry here in the UK.

It is going to be interesting to observe if there are going to be more occasions during 2017 when the same thing happens. Let us hope for some excellent weather in the coming weeks and months that should help bolster the amount of energy being produced by utilizing solar power in the UK.

There can be no doubt that solar power is playing an important part in helping generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way. This in turn will no doubt reduce the level of carbon emissions.

It would appear that more needs to be done to encourage more homeowners and business owners to consider solar power as another way of helping generate electricity with the added benefit that carbon emissions around the world are being lowered. We will continue to keep our readers informed about interesting topics about solar power on a regular basis both here in the UK and overseas.

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