London — Electricity generated from solar PV farms across the UK hit several record highs on Saturday, peaking at 8,030 MW in the afternoon half hourly period, according to National Grid data.
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On April 8, the UK's solar output recorded a maximum of 8,030 MW at 12:30 local time (1130 GMT), the Grid data showed.
Solar PV generation had climbed to 7,680 MW at 11:30 UK time earlier in the day, surpassing the previous record high of 7,670 MW set on March 25, National Grid said.
The UK has had strong growth in installed solar capacity in recent years, and the energy department's initial estimates at the end of February pegged capacity at 11,770 MW across 907,597 installations.
As most of deployed solar capacity is part of the embedded generation profile in the UK -- connected to the distribution network and not the national transmission network -- the Grid lacked the visibility on total electricity produced by the source of energy.
But a project by the Grid along with Sheffield Solar has resulted in near real time estimates of national solar outturn that is based on third party metered data from a sample of live sites.
According to the Sheffield Solar website, solar output was 4.82 GW at 11:30 UK time, which is around 13% of the UK's total energy mix.
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