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    Friday, March 31, 2017

    UK’s Record-Breaking Solar Weekend

    UK breaks solar energy record on sunny March weekend; Amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses one afternoon was lower than it was during night for first time ever

    Adam Vaughan, 28 March 2017 (UK Guardian)

    "For the first time ever, the amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses in the afternoon…was lower than it was in the night, because solar panels on rooftops and in fields cut demand so much…National Grid, which runs the transmission network, described the moment as a ‘huge milestone’…[S]olar power produced six times more electricity than the country’s coal-fired power stations on Saturday [March 25]…Continued good weather saw solar power generate significant amounts of power on Sunday and Monday too, when it was providing around 15% of electricity generation…Electricity demand usually peaks around 4pm to 6pm at this time of year, as people return home from work, with demand lower still at weekends. But the early hours of the morning are usually the quietest…[This] reversal is dramatic…” click here for more

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