On 20 April, Sheffield Solar’s live PV generation tracker recorded UK solar hitting a peak of 9.68GW, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has announced.
The STA added that the figure had surpassed the previous record of 9.55GW, set on 14 May 2019. It explained that the COVID-19 lockdown had caused “significantly lower than usual levels of pollution” leading to clearer conditions which, combined with cooler temperatures, had provided the optimal conditions for maximising solar PV efficiency. Should the lockdown and good weather continue, the STA tipped more solar generation records to be broken.
The STA also revealed that the abundance of solar power on the grid has contributed to the lengthiest coal-free period for the grid in 2020 so far of 11.5 days.
STA Chief Executive, Chris Hewett, said: “Ideal weather conditions and lower levels of pollution than normal mean solar is providing record levels of cheap, clean power to the grid. At a time when most of us are working remotely, we can say that solar is truly keeping the WiFi on.”