Clear air, new capacity push solar generation to record levels in major European markets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Solar power generation records have been set in three of Europe’s largest markets, with cleaner air as a result of the coronavirus pandemic a contributing factor.Reduced air pollution from the lockdown has contributed to new records in Germany and the U.K., while Spain’s bumper year of installations in 2019 is going through its first springtime boost.Records are common at this time of year as panels installed in the previous autumn and winter make their first meaningful contribution to the grid. This time around, however, the effect is more pronounced.The U.K. solar record was broken on Monday this week when production peaked at 9.68 gigawatts, according to data from Sheffield Solar, a project run by the University of Sheffield. The previous record was 9.55 gigawatts, set in May last year.In Germany, record solar generation was also achieved on Monday with a peak of 32.2 gigawatts, according to Bloomberg, as the same favorable conditions took hold.Spain broke its generation record on March 26, according to network operator Red Eléctrica, but newly connected projects from last year and this year are most likely the reason for that. The new peak record surpassed 6.3 gigawatts, about a quarter of mainland Spain’s power demand at the time.[John Parnell]More: Clean air, clear skies and fresh megawatts cause Europe’s solar records to tumble Clear air, new capacity push solar generation to record levels in major European marketslast_img

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