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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:06 pm    Post subject: UK solar production outstrips coal powered electricity Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/07/solar-sets-british-record-for-may-producing-more-electricity-than-coal

ps I have a job interview with a solar/wind company tomorrow...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck,


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, hope all goes well for you, Ralph.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:22 pm    Post subject: Re: UK solar production outstrips coal powered electricity Reply with quote

PS_RalphW wrote:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/07/solar-sets-british-record-for-may-producing-more-electricity-than-coal

ps I have a job interview with a solar/wind company tomorrow...


If it's so significant why doesn't it show on Gridwatch? If you cut coal generation to next to nothing, is the solar/coal ratio so surprising? If you travel up the east coast main line there are many HUGE fields covered in solar panels. Good?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: UK solar production outstrips coal powered electricity Reply with quote

PS_RalphW wrote:

ps I have a job interview with a solar/wind company tomorrow...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: UK solar production outstrips coal powered electricity Reply with quote

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If it's so significant why doesn't it show on Gridwatch? If you cut coal generation to next to nothing, is the solar/coal ratio so surprising? If you travel up the east coast main line there are many HUGE fields covered in solar panels. Good?


The gridwatch site uses data from the national grid. Most PV installations are not metered in real time and the output therefore can not be displayed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: UK solar production outstrips coal powered electricity Reply with quote

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If it's so significant why doesn't it show on Gridwatch? If you cut coal generation to next to nothing, is the solar/coal ratio so surprising? If you travel up the east coast main line there are many HUGE fields covered in solar panels. Good?

Doesn't show up on Gridwatch because there's no real time monitoring. Its supply shows up as a dip in demand in the middle of the day.
Coal hasn't been cut to 'next to nothing', still several GW.
The 'HUGE fields covered in solar panels' are trivial compared to say... golf courses. If land use is a concern, there are far better targets for criticism than solar farms.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biofuel crops (eg rape and wheat) for starters. But it doesn't justify huge arrays of solar panels.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can view modelled PV generation data at this natty website from Sheffield University:

http://www.solar.sheffield.ac.uk/pvlive/

Over the last month it's topped out at between about 2 and 7.5GW.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see only spinning wheels.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodburner wrote:
I see only spinning wheels.
I can get it to work in Chrome, but not IE (spinning wheels),


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pepperman wrote:
You can view modelled PV generation data at this natty website from Sheffield University:

http://www.solar.sheffield.ac.uk/pvlive/

Over the last month it's topped out at between about 2 and 7.5GW.


That's great. I hadn't seen that, thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Peter wrote:
woodburner wrote:
I see only spinning wheels.
I can get it to work in Chrome, but not IE (spinning wheels),


Peter.


Looks like they haven't tested it Safari either.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Local authority buys up 12.5MW solar farm with capital reserves!

http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/local_authority_buys_up_12.5mw_solar_farm_with_capital_reserves
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are only doing it to get the subsidy I suspect.

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Solar is very beneficial and very low impact. Im sure there are plenty of councils alongside commercial businesses and community groups that need to be looking at that - anything low carbon. I dont think solar has had its day yet, even though theyve knocked the tariffs."


It might have some benefit, but you can't eat it, and the UK can barely feed half the popiulation.
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