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A quarter of UK power on Friday was solar

Staff Writer | May 29, 2017
A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid said.
UK solar power
Electricity   The clear and sunny weather on Friday
A total 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK, beating the previous record of 8.48GW set on May 10.

Duncan Burt, head of control room operations at National Grid, called it the “beginning of a new era”.

“We now have significant volumes of renewable energy on the system,” he said. “We also have the tools available to ensure we can balance supply and demand.”

Alongside the contribution from solar, 23% of power came from nuclear sources, 30% from natural gas and just 1.4% from coal. Wind, hydro power and biomass were also used.

A UK National Grid spokeswoman said the record level of solar power was achieved largely because of to the clear and sunny weather on Friday.

Britain has been getting more of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, as it seeks to meet European Union targets and phase out coal power plants.