According to some research undertaken by Carbon Brief there was more electricity generated by the use of solar power than by using coal in the six months to September 2016 here in the UK. Those people working within the solar power industry will probably be pleased to hear this as the industry could certainly do with some welcome news.
Apparently, the first time that this happened was on the 9th April of this year. May of this year became the first month that there was more electricity generated by solar panels than coal.
This just goes to show the impact that solar power has had here in the UK with regard to how electricity is produced. Of course, the six month period mentioned above includes the summer months which is a period when there is more daylight so we may see coal generating more electricity than solar photovoltaic panels in the winter months.
In the above 6 month period, some 6,964 gigawatts of electricity were generated by solar panels whereas coal generated 6,342 gigawatts of electricity over the same period. The electricity generated by solar power made up 5.2% of the demand for electricity here in the UK in that period.
It is no secret that there has been a drop in the number of consumers that have been investing in solar panels for an extended period of time with this no doubt being partially due to the government not providing as much “financial support” as it has previously done. The UK, as well as other countries in Europe and the rest of the world, has targets to meet to reduce carbon emissions and generate a certain level of electricity by renewable energy sources so it will be interesting to monitor how we are doing in respect of this in the coming month/years. We will keep our readers up to date in this respect.