Solar power sets new electricity record supplying a quarter of UK demand
Ian Johnston | Environment Correspondent

Solar panels have set a new record for electricity generation, providing nearly a quarter of the demand. As much of Britain basked in warm and sunny weather, solar produced some 8.7 gigawatts at midday on Friday, representing 24.3 per cent of the electricity being used at the time, the National Grid has revealed.
The previous record was set on 10 May when 8.48GW was generated by solar, which tends to peak at about lunchtime.
Duncan Burt, who is in charge of National Grid’s control room operations, where they match supply and demand, said: “We now have significant volumes of renewable energy on the system and as this trend continues, our ability to forecast these patterns is becoming more and more important.
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