12 Sep '18, 8am

Solar kept the lights on during Europes sizzling summer

The sizzling summer saw solar power achieve many new impressive records. In the UK, solar broke the record for weekly output between 21-28 June, producing 533GWh of power, which led solar to take over from gas as the number-one energy source in the country during that period. In July, solar also reached a new high in Germany, with a record solar power production of 6.17TWh. In the same month, the Netherlands saw 75% more solar generated compared to the same period last year. Up north, Denmark registered 361 hours of sunshine in May, which lead to a 33% increase in solar electricity production, smashing previous records. Where solar continued to shine, conventional power plants struggled. In France and Germany, both coal and nuclear power plants had to be powered down as they could no longer use the huge volumes of water needed to cool their power stations. Nuclear plants w...

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