British summertime boosts solar power generationJuly 26, 2013
While Briton's everywhere are enjoying the sunshine and hot weather, owners of solar panels are also welcoming the boost it has provided.
Although solar panels can work all year round, they are more efficient in times of warm weather and cloudless skies.
As reported by the Guardian, the sunshine and the increase in solar panel installations – partly caused by the change in solar power return rates from the feed-in tariff – has contributed to a record generation of solar power in the country.
The Solar Trade Association has said that on Tuesday (July 23rd) 16,000 MWh of electricity was generated in the UK. This is in contrast to the 9,900 MWh created by wind power.
Speaking to the news provider, Leonie Green, communications editor at the Solar Trade Association, said that the sunny weeks had proved that the UK's solar resources are "phenomenal".
"We now have a very large number of domestic installations and around one-third of the solar electricity generated now comes from utility-sized solar fields," she added.
With green, renewable energy still a hot-topic, households are looking towards maximising the sun's potential in order to cut down on their carbon emissions. The need to reduce energy bills is also a pressing concern, with utility companies still upping their prices.
British summertime won't last forever, but that shouldn't put homeowners off from installing solar panels.
Photovoltaic installations will still be able to help contribute to cutting energy consumption during the colder months, helping to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and energy from the National Grid.
For low income households, this could mean that fuel poverty worries are a thing of the past. As families are concerned about the cost of heating a home during the colder winters, power generated by solar panels could help offset the cost of heating and lighting a property.
Accessing schemes like the Green Deal and the feed-in tariff will also be a boost for households looking to reduce carbon consumption and pay less for their annual utility bills.