Thursday 28 March 2013

Solar Output March 2013 Compared to 2012

After such a poor December, January and Feb, there were high hopes for March 2013 to be a far better month for the solar panels to generate some good amounts of electricity. Sadly these have been savagely dashed and March 2013 looks to be almost 50% down on March 2012.

Solar Output March 2013 Compared to 2012
Solar Output March 2013 Compared to 2012

While we have had one half of the weather that could give some very good solar panel outputs - the cold - we have been completely missing the critical part with a total lack of sun this month. As will be seen on some of the outputs at the end of the month a sunny day with temperatures of 2C will give much better electricity generation from Solar PV panels than a hot sunny day at 25C.

March 2012 was very sunny but also quite warm so sunny days this month with the freezing temperatures should give much better output. Sadly the number of sunny days has been severely lacking!

Friday 22 March 2013

FIT Increase April 2013 - New Feed in Tariff Rates from April 2013?

What is the FIT Feed in Tariff Increase for April 2013?

The RPI figure for December has just been announced at 3.1% which means that the Feed in Tariff rates (FIT) will go up by this amount on 1st April 2013.

new rate Feed in Tariff rates (FIT) from 1st April 2013
new rate Feed in Tariff rates (FIT) from 1st April 2013

Last year the rate increased from 43.3p to 45.4p per kWh of electricity generated and to 3.2p for exported electricity (deemed at 50%)

The new rate Feed in Tariff rates (FIT) from 1st April 2013 will be 46.8p and the export rate will be 3.3p.

2011 43.3p
2012 45.4p
2013 46.8p

With the 50% deemed export this means the main FIT rate is equivalent to 48.5p per kWh of solar PV electricity generated.

Saturday 16 March 2013

Another terrible solar month

At the mid point of march the solar power generated is looking as poor as that for February and January and way below 2012. However on closer inspection the generation to date of 90kwh for march is identical to last year so fingers crossed that the remainder of the month matches last year and hits the 300kwh target.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Terrible Solar Start to 2013: Comparison to Winter 2012

Our solar panels were installed mid way through November 2011 so we have now had 3 full months of year on year comparisons. With some really cloudy dull days they don't make very impressive reading!

Dec 2011 : 105
Dec 2012 : 92

Jan 2012 : 114
Jan 2013 : 89

Feb 2012 : 190
Feb 2013 : 118

Total for 3 months:

2012: 409 kWh
2013: 299 kWh

As can be seen on the month by month solar panel system stats the generation for Feb 2013 was badly hit by cloudy days with under 2kWh generation of solar power. In 2012 only 3 days generated less than 2kWh but in Feb 2013 this jumped to 12 days and in Feb 2012 there were 14 days with more than 10kWh generated but in 2013 this had dropped to only 9 days.

The combination of these meant that Feb 2013 was vastly lower for solar electricity generation than Feb 2012.

The only consolation is that these are the worst months of the year and a 25% lower generation won't make as much difference as a very poor summer.

solar power Comparison to Winter 2012
solar power Comparison to Winter 2012