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National Grid : Solar power makes city energy self-sufficient

10/01/2015 | 05:58pm US/Eastern

THE Plymouth region is self-sufficient and even able to export electricity on sunny summer days, the region's renewable industry body has revealed.

The potential power of Devon and Cornwall's surge in solar energy production is highlighted as new official figures showed that more than a quarter of the UK's electricity came from renewables this spring.

So-called 'clean energy' has for the first time overtaken coal, National Grid the latest data has shown. Regen South West chief executive Merlin Hyman said the Grid was also "waking up" to the fact that the region could serve local need and power other parts of the country when conditions were right.

"It is clear now that we are generating more at peak times and the National Grid are now waking up to that," he told the Western Morning News.

"Production has increased rapidly in the South West so on sunny, summer days we are generating more than we need and are exporting power back up to the grid." Renewables accounted for 25.3 per cent of electricity generation in the second quarter of 2015, up from 16.7 per cent for the same period in 2014, new power data revealed.

This means green electricity overtook coal for the first time, which fell to generating just over a fifth (20.5 per cent) of the UK's power in the same period.

Higher wind speeds, increased amounts of solar panels in places like the Westcountry and a 19.5% increase in rainfall all boosted renewables.

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