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Solar beats coal in UK's energy generation from April through September

Forthe first time in history, solar outdid coal in generating electricity for the UnitedKingdom over the past six months, TheGuardian reported Oct. 4, citing climate change analyst Carbon Brief.

Overthe half-year, energy generated by solar stood at about 6,964 GWh, or 5.4% ofthe country's energy consumption, while coal produced 6,342 GWh, or 4.7%, saidthe report.

Anew report from the Solar Trade Association noted that integrating many moresolar panels into the NationalGrid plc would not result in additional costs, arguing againstclaims by officials.

"Withintermittency costs today of around £1.3/MWh for solar [with about 10 to 12GWof solar installed], increasing to £6.8/MWh with a substantial 40GW of solar onthe system by 2030, we would suggest these costs do not provide a strongargument against the further build out of renewable generation," thepublication quoted consultancy Aurora, in its report for the Solar TradeAssociation.

Solarenergy's good performance is not expected to linger through winter, due to itsintermittent nature, but recent records expose the dramatic impacts of solarsubsidies and environmental penalties for coal, The Guardian reported.

Earlierthis year, major coal power plants Longannet, Ferrybridge C and Rugeley wereclosed, due toincreases in the carbon floorprice in 2015. There are 10 coal plants remaining in the U.K.,including the Eggborough near Selby in North Yorkshire, said the report, citingtrade body Energy UK.

In2015, the U.K. unveiled a plan to terminate all of its coal-fired power plantsby 2025.

As of Oct. 3, US$1 isequivalent to 0.78 British pound sterling.