Great Britain Electricity Market Summary Q1 2018: Solar Farms Boost Renewables Generation in First Quarter

Solar farms contributed to record levels of power generation from renewable sources in the first three months of the year.

This is one of several key findings from a new report by energy market monitoring firm EnAppSys.

The study showed that solar produced 1.86TWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2018, which amounted to 7.4% of renewables generation and 2.2% of overall generation. This helped renewable output to hit 25.0TWh – the highest ever level recorded in a single quarter in Britain – and meant renewables were the second largest contributor to the GB power mix behind gas-fired plants.

Wind farms set new records for half hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly levels of generation, with 15.8TWh of power coming from wind sources during the period.

The first quarter saw 37.3% of electricity generation come from gas-fired power stations, with renewable projects contributing 29.0% and nuclear plants 18.1%. Coal-fired power stations produced 9.4%, while 6.3% came from electricity imports.

Almost one fifth (18.3%) of the 29% share of renewables generation came from wind farms, 6.8% from biomass plants, 2.2% from solar farms and 1.7% from hydro plants.

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