Cool, sunny weather and the low air pollution levels caused by the coronavirus lockdown have helped drive a new all-time solar power record in the UK, with solar farms generating a peak of 9.69GW of electricity for the grid on Monday afternoon. The feat was recorded by the University of Sheffield’s live UK solar power generation tracker at 12.30pm on Monday, surpassing the previous record achieved in May 2019 of 9.55GW. The result is thought to have been in part driven by clearer, less polluted skies.
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Solar power generation records have been set in three of Europe’s largest markets, with cleaner air as a result of the coronavirus pandemic a contributing factor. Reduced air pollution from the lockdown has contributed to new records in Germany and the U.K., while Spain’s bumper year of installations in 2019 is going through its first springtime boost. Records are common at this time of year as panels installed in the previous autumn and winter make their first meaningful contribution to the grid. This time around, however, the effect is more pronounced.
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Solar installations generated a record 40% of German power on Monday, beating the previous highest on 23 March. Coal and nuclear plants produced a combined 22% on the same day. Lower levels of air pollution due to reduced economic activity have also helped up the amount of electricity coming from solar panels. Also, more than three-quarters of German power generation on that day came from renewables.
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Total said Wednesday its subsidiary Total Quadran has been awarded over 135 megawatts (MW) of projects in France’s latest solar power tender, Kallanish Energy reports. The capacity corresponds to 20% of the total awards granted by the French Energy Regulatory Commission in the country’s seventh round for ground-mounted solar parks. The awards also include 5.6 megawatt-peak (MWp) of solar in French overseas territories. The projects are part of Total’s program to “solarize” industrial facilities and reuse industrial brownfield sites. The largest ground-mounted solar plant in France will be installed on Total’s former refinery site in Valenciennes.
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