The UK Solar Trade Association announced twice this week that the country’s solar fleet broke the peak generation record set originally two years ago, highlighting the need for solar to be allowed to participate on a level playing field in the country’s energy mix. According to the Solar Trade Association (STA), the UK’s solar fleet broke its peak output record of 9.38 GW (gigawatts) — set originally back in May of 2017 — around noon on May 13, when it hit 9.47 GW. This was followed a day later by another announcement of another record, set almost exactly a day later when peak solar output reached 9.55 GW at around 12:30 pm.
Clean Technica 16th May 2019 read more »
Solar will soon be able to out-compete gas-fired plants around the world on a levelized cost basis. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier to make a living in the solar business. “By 2023, we think solar’s going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world,” Tom Heggarty, senior solar analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, said Tuesday at GTM Solar Summit in Phoenix. New combined-cycle gas plants remain competitive with new utility solar in many big markets today, from China to the U.K. to South Korea. But that will no longer be the case by the early 2020s, as equipment costs continue to fall and competitive auctions proliferate, Heggarty said.
Green Tech Media 14th May 2019 read more »