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Thu Aug 14, 2014, 11:14 AM

Renewables produce record high electricity for UK in 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/14/uk-renewables-record-start-2014

UK renewables saw a record quarter, producing 18.1n terawatt-hours (TWh), an increase of 43% on the same period in 2013, according to new government figures released today.

Amid the wettest winter on record, both the wind and hydropower industries saw a surge in output. Onshore wind generation grew 62%, offshore wind output increased by more than half, and hydropower increased by 78%, reaching a record quarterly level of 2.2TWh, the data showed.

The first quarter of the year also saw a rush of construction by the solar power industry ahead of cuts to subsidies for large solar farms on 1 April. As a result, 1.1GW of new capacity was added to the grid in the first three months of the year, two-thirds of which was in the form of large scale solar projects.

By the end of quarter one, the UK had installed 20.8GW of renewable energy technologies, up by 15% from the same time last year.

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Response to MisterMan (Original post)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:02 PM

1. Awesome.

 

We need more solar in America. We need solar farms and we have the space all over the southwest for it. I've got a few panels setup at my house and eventually I'll work on setting up a few more.

Solar farms could help reduce our dependency on oil, reduce our need to mine coal, and provide more jobs for needy Americans.

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Response to TIMETOCHANGE (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:09 PM

2. I'd love panels, but the economics don't work where I live.

 

If the efficiencies increase substantially I'd reconsider. I invest in Solar City and I like their business model though.

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Response to TexMex (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:44 PM

3. The economics are not great.

 

They're not great but a buddy of mine is an electrician and we got the permits and what to set mine up and I get enough juice in a day to run my fridge 24/7 and A/C, with almost an hour of spare electric each day. I've also built a backup solar generator which run a fridge with all full charge up to twelve hours, and thirty with a full charge and left out in the sun till the charge is used up.

It was expensive to build. Sadly I went to alibaba.com to get my panels as they were a lot cheaper.

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Response to TexMex (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 04:38 PM

4. I read a recent article that

 

said solar panel installations lower home values. This was out in Cali, which surprised me. One guy with a nice house had to offer a 15K discount to sell his house because of a long term solar panel install he was leasing. The new home owner had to assume the lease as part of the sale.

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