U.K. Breaks Solar Power Record on Expected Hottest Day of Yearby
May 26, 2017, 8:24 AM EDT
Britain’s fleet of solar panels generated a record amount of electricity on Friday, which is expected to be the hottest day of the year.
U.K. solar power rose to a record 8.75 gigawatts at 12 p.m. London time, according to data compiled by National Grid Plc and Sheffield University. That satisfied 24 percent of electricity demand and broke the previous record of 8.49 gigawatts reached earlier this month.
The Met Office expects temperatures may soar as high as 29.5 degrees Celsius (85.1 degrees Fahrenheit), making Friday the hottest day of the year and surpassing yesterday’s record of 28 degrees Celsius, according to a spokesman for the organization.
National Grid expects solar output to increase further, a spokesman for the company said. The data at midday was modeled from almost 600 sites around the country.