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Solar power breaks UK's new records for full-week generation

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Solar power breaks UK's new records for full-week generation

London — As the UK basks in the sun this June, solar PV has generated 533 GWh ofelectricity during the past seven days, hitting a new record for a full week'sgeneration, according to data from Sheffield University and the National GridThursday.

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"During the past week, solar PV generated 533 GWh of electricity. This is anew record for a full week's generation. Five of the seven consecutive daysyielded over 75 GWh. This is also a new record. It's likely that this recordwill be broken again today," Sheffield University tweeted at midday Londontime.

Solar power production has seen multi-year highs for June, with output peakingabove 8 GW in the last seven days, data form S&P Global Platts Analyticsshows.

Solar generation for June until Thursday has already reached 1618.31 GWh,exceeding solar output seen during full-months of June in 2016 and 2017,according to Platts Analytics.

In June 2016, the solar generation was 1098.23 GWh, while it was at 1,379.3GWh during the full-month of June 2017.

This month has also seen highest daily solar output at 81.27 GWh on June 22since 2016, records from Platts Analytics show.


Separately, the UK's installed solar photovoltaic capacity at the end of Maywas up slightly by 1.6%, or 199.6 MW, on the year to 12,823 MW across 950,923installations, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy saidThursday.

Some 10.3 MW of solar PV capacity in 2,928 installations was deployed in May,the data showed.

"The figure for deployment within the latest month should always be taken ashighly provisional -- it is likely to be revised upwards as further data arereceived on newly operational sites," BEIS said.

BEIS said 45%, or 5,814 MW MW, of total installed solar PV capacity was inlarge-scale installations greater than 5 MW, with 20%, or 2,556.4 MW, comingfrom small-scale installations of up to 4 kW.

According to BEIS, within the last two years, the largest increase in capacityoccurred in March 2016 at 1,221 MW, ahead of the Renewables Obligation closureon March 31, 2017.

--Shubhlakshmi Shukla,

--Edited by James Leech,