Summer heatwave generates enough solar energy to power Scotland for 3.5 hours (or London for 2.5 hours)

The summer heatwave which has baked much of the UK over the weekend has caused a ‘solar surge’ in the amount of sun-generated power being produced.

During the hottest part of Monday, 8.4GW of solar energy powered electricity was supplied to the national grid.

According to research produced by Pure Planet – a 100% renewable energy provider –  this is enough energy to:

  • Power every home in London for 2.5 hours or, alternatively to:
  • Power all 2.37 million homes in Scotland for 3.5 hours.

The sunny weather helped renewable energy to account for 28.5% of power supplied to the grid yesterday – just one month after the national grid went without coal-powered electricity for an entire day.

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