Run by the sun
Run by the sun

A milestone for the solar industry

Wednesday 15 June 2016

In May 2016 for the first time ever, solar hit a milestone by generating more electricity than coal over the calendar month. This couldn't go un-noticed, generating an estimated 1,336GWh - 50% more than coal, which produced an output of 893GWh.

Although this is rather special, this happened due to the longer days in the build up to summer as well as the low coal output. 6% of the UK's electricity was generated through solar in May, whereas in January it was just 1%.

Since the start of 2016, there has been a vast reduction in coal power generated in the UK with April marking the first time that solar has bested coal. In 2015, nearly 25% of electricity was generated through the use of coal but since the energy industry has changed - a number of coal plants have now closed.

Below is a chart sourced by Carbon Brief showing energy generated by solar and coal dated from 1st April 2016 to 6th June 2016 and as well can see, solar is soaring.

 

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A global trend 

It is important for us not to forget about renewables around the rest of the world. It is apparent that U.S solar has also grew and has an expectation to hit 2 million installations over the next two years, according to SEIA's interim president, Tim Kimbis.

Although China is the world's largest transmitter of greenhouse gasses, they are now responsible for around one third of investments in green electricity globally.

Solar is a cost-effective solution to affordable energy with the cost of solar panels having dropped by 80% since 2010 and it is becoming a desirable aim for many businesses and households across the world.

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