Solar PV Takes Centre Stage

Solar PV Takes Centre Stage There are fewer things that define ‘Britishness’ as much as a chat about the weather. Almost guaranteed after pleasantries have been exchanged will be a comment, opinion, remark or more likely good old moan about the recent prevailing conditions that we’ve endured. Most recently the sun has taken centre stage. Beaming down on our great country with a ferocity not often seen on these shores, classifying Brighton in the same breath as Bangkok and St Albans with Seville. We’ve had bare tops galore, insides of cars that feel like a sauna and the underlying feeling that when it comes to temperatures of 30+degrees, we tend to melt a little under the heat. Not only has it been busy scorching lawns and creating conversation, it’s also found the time to help smash records in the world of renewable energy. On Friday 26th May, solar power smashed through previous records and provided nearly a quarter of the UK’s energy needs and when joined by its friends from wind farms and nuclear power stations it meant that over 60% of the UK’s power supply was low carbon. Duncan Burt, head of control room operations at the National Grid was excited and inspired enough to call it the “beginning of a new era”. An era it would seem that more and more people in the UK are clamouring to be a part of. The air conditioning in our office has been handy to cool down the heat of our phones as enquiries roll in for solar panels and solar batteries on a daily basis. There’s a misconception in...