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    Friday, June 10, 2016

    UK Solar Beats UK Coal For A Month

    Solar Beats Coal for Entire Month in UK for First Time

    Simon Evans, June 8, 2016 (EcoWatch)

    “The UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal in May 2016, the first-ever calendar month to pass the milestone…Solar generated an estimated 1,336 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity in May, 50 percent more than the 893 GWh output from coal…[Solar also beat] coal for the first full day on April 9 and for the first week from May 3…[These symbolic milestones] highlight the major changes going on in the UK electricity system…Solar generated nearly 6 percent of the UK’s electricity needs during May, against less than 4 percent for coal…In January, the figures were just 1 percent for solar and 17 percent for coal…Nearly a quarter of electricity generation in 2015 was from coal but since then, power market economics have shifted in favor of gas and several coal plants have opted to close…Solar has generated more electricity than coal in each of the past five weeks…[and UK] coal output hit zero on seven periods across the week commencing Monday, May 9…” click here for more

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