Saturday, 4 April 2020

March 2020 Record Beating Solar

March 2020 will be known for record breaking in relation to Corona Virus Covid-19 but in the UK it was also a record breaking month for solar panel electricity generation. The month seemed somewhat dull and cold but obviously there was more sun than I imagined! The cold temperatures would have also helped the panels be more efficient to improve generation too. Since mid March we have been working from home as a result of the Covid-19 virus requirements to stay inside and only travel for essential food or medicine journeys.

The total for March 2020 was 330 kWh of solar electricity produced

This compares to an 8 year average of 270 kWh with lows of 173 kWh for March 2013. You can see the full data here

http://solar-panels-review.321web.co.uk/index.php/solar-power-month-by-month/12-monthly-data/17-monthly-uk-solar-panel-electricity-output-for-march

Do you have solar panels in the UK? How did your data compare for March 2020? Post in the comments if you have any feedback on your own generation.

March 2020 Record Beating Solar
March 2020 Record Beating Solar

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

FIT Rates April 2020 onwards

The Feed In Tariff (FIT) rates are calculated from the base 2010 figure by applying the RPI (Retail Prices Index) rate for December to the previous rate. You can see the December rates since 2011 below.

Year

Dec RPI Rate (%)
2011
4.8
2012
3.1
2013
2.7
2014
1.6
2015
1.2
2016
2.5
2017
4.1
2018
2.7
2019
2.2

In April 2019 the rate increased to  54.17p as a result of the 2.7% increase in RPI for December 2018.
FIT Rates April 2020 onwards
FIT Rates April 2020 onwards
With the latest RPI increase of  2.2% announced for December 2019 this rate will increase again as shown by the calculations below:

Existing Generation rate (54.17p)  x RPI (2.2%)  = New Rate (55.36p)

So the new rate for Electricity generation is 55.36p per kWh

The export rate will also increase by 2.2% from 3.82p to 3.90p


There are various other FIT rates that apply depending on the date that your solar panels were commissioned. They will also increase by 2.7% as the RPI rate for December 2018.