Soaring solar sends UK power demand to eight-year low

Soaring generation from the UK’s solar assets sent UK power demand to a new low last month, according to data compiled by monitoring firm EnAppSys.

The data showed that average half-hourly demand throughout July stood at 26.2GW, courtesy of a significant amount of embedded generation from sources such as rooftop solar.

These sources are seen on the grid as demand reduction and, as a result, reduce the amount of power that is drawn down from the grid.

Throughout July the average embedded generation figure stood at 3GW.

Solar and other renewables have already witnessed a number of new generation records this year, particularly in Spring. Unseasonable weather in April helped solar to a new landmark generation record.

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