What The Solar Industry Forgot To Tell You!

Posted: July 24, 2015 by oldbrew in Energy
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It would be a joke if it wasn’t so expensive.


By Paul Homewood



The solar industry has apparently been bragging about how much power it has been producing recently. Unfortunately, they seem to have forgotten to tell us the full story.

In overall terms, solar only generated 1.2% of UK’s electricity last year.




But worse still, in Q1, when demand is at its highest, solar only provided 0.51%.

And if that was not bad enough, when solar power does ramp up on sunny days, it simply provides problems for the grid, as this presentation from the National Grid earlier in the year showed:

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  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘But worse still, in Q1, when demand is at its highest, solar only provided 0.51%.’

    Solar power on short winter days with low or no sun? Forget about it.

  2. ren says:


  3. ren says:

    The decrease in solar activity and increased pressure on the Polar Circle.

  4. Bloke down the pub says:

    I’m happy to see them making the 15% claim. It gives the government the opportunity to say ‘look at what we’ve achieved , we can now cut the subsidies’.

  5. ren says:

    The strong ionizing radiation (GCR) over the North Pole.

  6. Bad enough here in Australia where we do at least get a lot of strong sunlight, but who in their right minds would install it in Britain?

  7. oldbrew says:

    wickedwenchfan: anyone who wants to get a fat solar subsidy for 20 years for doing no work.

  8. hunter says:

    If the whole story was told about solar, it would not exist in places like the UK or Germany.
    If the whole story was told about solar, it would be relegated to niche uses like topping off batteries at remote locations for light use applications.
    If the whole story was told about solar, there would be fewer white collar criminals and corrupt politicians on the street.

  9. oldbrew says:

    hunter: it’s not just white collar crims, the mafia like what they see too.

    “This is a sector in which money can easily be laundered,” Arturo de Felice, head of Italy’s anti-mafia agency, told news channel SkyTG24.
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