UK breaks its record for solar generated electricity production

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Britain has smashed its previous record for the generation of solar electricity, industry reports have revealed.

The UK almost doubled the energy production reached this last year, but it is Germany soaring ahead in terms of solar power use, with the solar energy generating an impressive 50% of the nation's electricity at the beginning of June.

Fellow European nations of France, Denmark, Italy amongst others are also reported to have generated record-breaking amounts of energy this month.

The figures are mostly down to the fact more installations than ever are now located up and down the country, with Solar Trade Association (STA), estimating the capacity of solar installations is now up to around 4.7 gigawatts compared to the 2.7GW generated in July last year.

The STA estimated over the weekend 3.9% of the UK's energy was met by solar units. Around a record 7.8% of daytime electricity.

UK National Solar Centre consultant, Ray Noble, said: "Britain has virtually doubled its capacity in the last year, with 80,000 more installations, including several thousand larger scale commercial ones.

"Here are now 530,000 installations in the UK, of which 510,000 are domestic small scale ones. Last weekend we estimate they generated about 8% of daytime electricity in total.

"We think that this is likely to double again within a year. There is nothing to stop it getting to 30-40% of UK electricity at this time of year.

"We have put ourselves among the world leaders on solar and this ambitious strategy will place us right at the cutting edge."

UK energy minister, Greg Barker, who recently received criticism from green energy groups and campaigners over his decision to stop certain solar subsidies, welcomed the figures.

He said: "There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations and we must seize the opportunity this offers to boost our economy as part of our long term economic plan.

"Solar not only benefits the environment, it will see British job creation and deliver the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers."

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