Record Solar outputs help UK to reach longest coal-free period since pre-industrial times
Maximised levels of solar generation have ensured the delivery of a new coal-free record period for the grid. Coal power plants have been offline since 00:00 on Friday 10 April 2020, and since then the UK has seen more than 1 terawatt hour of solar power put on the grid in that period – enough to boil water for over 25 billion cups of tea or drive 6.7 billion kilometres in a Nissan Leaf.
Last week’s bumper generation levels delivered over 11% of UK electricity demand and set both a new dailypeakgeneration record of 9.68GW at 12:30 on Monday 20 April 2020, and weekly generation record at 485.41GWh.
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