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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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Substantial Increase In Solar Power Market Worldwide In 2016

You may be interested to read that last year there was a significant increase in the solar power market globally according to SolarPower Europe. However, this was not the case in Europe and that is disappointing to hear.

In 2016, the worldwide increase in solar power demand went up by in the region of 49%. Back in 2015, the amount of solar power was 51.2 GW but by the end of 2016 that figure had grown to 76.1 GW. We are sure that you will agree that is a very big increase.

In 2016, solar power capacity increased more in China than any other country

China made the biggest increase in solar capacity in 2016 of any country

In Europe, the amount of solar power that was connected to the grid in 2015 amounted to 8.6 GW. However, in 2016, the amount had only gone up by 6.9 GW. That is a drop of around 20% – a significant figure.

It was China that increased its solar power capacity by the most in 2016. It rose by 34.2 GW that equates to a rise of in excess of 125% when compared to 2015. China easily outperformed the USA in this respect that added 14 GW of solar power capacity last year compared to 7.3 GW in 2015.

The share of the solar market around the world at the end of 2016 was made up of: –

China 45%
USA 19%
Japan 11%
Rest of World 10%
Europe 9%
India 6%

As you can see, China is way ahead of any other country around the world. China is also a major producer and exporter of solar photovoltaic panels. Japan is not all that far behind the USA.

In 2016, solar panel installations in the UK eased off in comparison to the previous year. It will be interesting to see what happens in this respect in the UK this year. Will we see China have as successful a year in 2017 as it did in 2016? We will keep you updated in this respect.

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Amazon Having Solar Panels Installed

Many of you both here in the UK and overseas will use the services of Amazon that is a very large, global e-commerce retailer. You may be interested to read that it is supportive of renewable energy and is having solar panels installed on a number of its buildings.

solar photovoltaic panels are being fitted to a number of Amazon's buildings

Amazon is having solar panels installed on a number of its buildings.

Of course, we have commented on previous occasions about companies that have solar photovoltaic panels fitted to the roofs of some of their buildings. For instance, we mentioned Sainsbury’s having solar panels fitted to a number of their stores.

Amazon is forecasting that by the end of 2017 the solar panels that it has had installed on a number of its buildings in North America will provide power totalling as much as 41 megawatts. By the end of 2020 it hopes to have solar photovoltaic panels fitted on a minimum of 50 of its buildings.

In addition to using solar power, Amazon Web Services (AWS) also uses wind to provide renewable energy and it forecasts that by the end of this year renewable energy will provide 50% of its annual power requirements. We are sure that you will agree this would be an excellent achievement.

Obviously we need to see more projects like this come on board as, collectively, they will no doubt help countries around the world move towards meeting their renewable energy and carbon emission targets by the end of 2020. Here in the UK, as at 31st January 2017, solar PV capacity amounted to 11,642 MW made up of 904,089 solar powered installations. In the 12 months to the end of January 2017 capacity increased by 1,774 MW with this being an 18% rise.

As at the end of January 2017, small scale solar panel installations of between 0 to 4kW totalled 2,466 MW with this equating to 21% of all capacity. Large scale installation exceeding 5 MW generated capacity of 5,525 MW with this being 47% of all capacity.

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Ambulance Powered By Solar Energy In Bangladesh

There have been many occasions when we have reported on solar panels being used in a variety of situations such as built into rucksacks so that the energy produced can be used by walkers to charge mobile phones. Well, some people in Bangladesh, in particular those living in rural areas, may be benefiting from solar powered three wheeled ambulances later this year.

A three wheeled ambulance powered by the use of solar panels should be able to drive along many narrow country lanes in Bangladesh

The three-wheeled ambulance should be able to go along some narrow country lanes in rural Bangladesh.

Presently, trials are taking place of this vehicle that has been produced collectively by a Bangladesh manufacturer of vehicles called Beevatech, a government organization and BRAC university that is located in Dhaka.

At the moment, there are some people who live in rural areas who have to be transported to hospital to receive medical attention in rickshaw vans that are actually pulled by hand so they are quite slow to get to their destination. The solar powered ambulance can travel for up to 30 miles at a speed of between 9 to 12 mph. As a result, it is possible that people will be able to receive medical attention quicker that could save lives.

The three-wheeled ambulance is much smaller than a conventional one and therefore is able to get about on a lot more of the narrow lanes. However, it is still going to be very well equipped.

A normal ambulance can cost in the region of $30,000 whereas it is forecast that one of these solar powered ones could be priced at between $1,900 to $2,500. So, as you can see, there is a significant difference in cost meaning that they are much more affordable.

Solar panels charge the four batteries of 12 volts each so that the ambulance can be used to get to sick people during the night but during the daytime the four solar panels located on the roof of the ambulance provide the power for the ambulance. It takes anything between 3 to 4 hours to fully charge the batteries.

We will continue to keep our readers informed about any other interesting projects involving solar photovoltaic panels.

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Installed Solar Capacity In China Increased Significantly In 2016

In the past we have made reference to China producing solar panels for installation around the world and having solar panels fitted in their own country. You may be interested to note that last year the installed solar capacity in China increased by a huge amount.

are we going to find that over the next few years more of these roofs on properties in China will have solar panels fitted to them?

Will we see more of these roofs on properties in China with solar panels on them in the future?

Apparently, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA), the amount of installed solar capacity rose by 34.54 gigawatts in the twelve months to the end of 2016 with this being more than twice what was installed in 2015 when around 15 gigawatts of solar capacity was fitted. This took the total amount of installed solar capacity to 77.42 gigawatts.

China is a huge producer of solar photovoltaic panels no doubt providing employment for many people thus providing a significant benefit to the country. In addition, the export of solar panels to many countries around the world will no doubt also be of tremendous benefit to China.

In a recent news post we referred to the high amount of smog that a number of places in China suffered from and that the installation of solar panels may go some way towards improving the environment for its residents. Let us hope that China continues to increase its solar capacity each year going forward.

So, how does the above % increase in China in the space of 12 months compare with the UK? Well, here in the UK, the cumulative installed solar PV capacity was 9.66 gigawatts as at the end of 2015. As at the end of 2016 the figure was 11.457 gigawatts. So last year there was an increase of around 19%. In percentage terms this is much lower than in China. Let us hope that the situation here in the UK changes and a better set of results are produced in 2017.

We will continue to keep our readers updated with interesting news about the solar power industry.

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Huge Solar Farm Completed In China

A number of locations in China suffer with smog with many residents going about wearing masks so it is pleasing to hear that an extremely large solar farm has been constructed in the country. Of course, China is also well known for being a major producer of solar panels that are sold in numerous locations around the world.

China has built an extremely large solar farm called Longyangxia Dam Solar Park .

A very large solar panel farm has been completed in China.

The solar farm is called Longyangxia Dam Solar Park and is situated in Qinghai on the Tibetan Plateau that is a province in China. The power that it can produce is huge – 850MW. The plant was built in two phases with the first one being in 2013. It is in a desolate area of the country.

The solar panels cover an area of around 23 square kilometers that we are sure you will agree is a huge area. Apparently, there are almost 4 million solar panels on site that are capable of producing energy to as many as 200,000 homes.

It will be interesting to see if, over the next few years, China’s increased use of solar panels to produce energy results in a reduction in the level of smog being seen in the country. No doubt, residents in affected parts of China would welcome seeing this happen and, hopefully, there will be health benefits in this respect.

Of course, we have previously made reference in other posts to a number of other large solar panel projects in various parts of the world. Presumably, if countries around the world are to meet their renewable energy and carbon emission targets, it is developments like the one mentioned above that are also going to be a big help. However, we must not forget that all solar photovoltaic panel installations such as on the roofs of commercial premises as well as on residential properties will assist in the targets hopefully being met. We will keep you informed about other interesting solar power schemes.

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Eco Homes In Wales Utilise Solar Power

It is interesting to hear of a new housing development called Pentre Solar in Glanrhyd that is a village in Wales that have been built to be eco-friendly including the use of solar panels on the roofs of six properties.

The Pentre Solar eco housing development was opened by Lesley Griffths

Lesley Griffiths opened the Pentre Solar eco housing development.

The homes have been constructed by Western Solar Ltd in such a way that hopefully they should prove to be very energy efficient and should also provide a benefit to the environment. The housing development was opened a few days ago by Lesley Griffiths who is the cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs at the Welsh Assembly.

The 6 properties were built using locally sourced timber and have their cavity walls insulated using paper that has been recycled. It is also pleasing to hear that the properties were constructed using local tradespeople thus providing another benefit to the area.

Some of the homes are to be made available to people on the council waiting list requiring social housing so they should quickly be occupied. With a large shortage of housing in the UK these properties will no doubt be welcomed by those taking up residence in them especially bearing in mind that due to them being so eco-friendly the occupants’ fuel bills should be significantly lower than what you would find in a traditionally built home.

It is being forecast that the solar panels will produce more energy than is needed for each home with the surplus being sold back to the National Grid.

Solar panels are widely used not only here in the UK but in other countries around the world as they are seen as a financially viable source of renewable energy. Solar panels also should lower carbon emissions in comparison to some other ways of generating energy to be used in homes and business premises. It will be interesting to see if the above development proves to be a success and, if so, if there will be other similar developments erected here in the UK. We will endeavor to keep you updated in this respect.

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