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The lecture is at 8 pm and is preceded by an optional dinner (6.30 pm - £23). Ticket options below are for with the lecture only or dinner and lecture.

The Evolution of UK Solar Power

Paul Sims represents his Solar Panel installation company (Sims Solar Ltd) based in Oxfordshire. Paul has many years of experience of measuring and installing Photovoltaic (PV) systems for both businesses and domestic purposes and has kindly offered to share some of his experiences. His presentation will be discussing the evolution of solar PV science and its relevance to the UK solar industry. His talk will cover the evaluating site process, common installation methodology, the evolution of the industry and how Government FIT (Feed-In) incentives played a part in the evolution of the UK PV industry including a discursive summary on typical installation costs, payback periods & sourcing of solar panels.

Background Information to the Talk

Data from the Government and National Grid-backed Solar PV live project showed that on Saturday, June 30, 2018, that around lunchtime solar delivered 9.38 GW which is about 28% of the supply of the country’s electricity supply. Over half (56%) of electricity in GB was being produced by low carbon sources at around this time according to the records at the National Grid Control Room. Between the 21st June and 28th June 2018, solar broke the record for weekly output, producing 533-gigawatt hours of power.

The recent increase in sunshine has led house owners to consider the opportunity to benefit financially from solar installations on their home. Since 2004, energy prices have doubled, whereas the cost of solar panels has reduced by 80%. Public attitudes towards the technology are influencing demand from house buyers. One survey concluded that 44% of the public wanted solar panels with battery storage back up on their homes by 2020.

Solar power capacity has increased from next to nothing in 2010 to 12 .5 GW in the third quarter of 2018. In 2008 the UK Government had announced a goal of 22GW of installed Solar power capacity by 2020 (enough to power 22 million homes).

The surge in Solar PV capacity in 2011 was not spontaneous. It was entirely due to the introduction in April 2010 of the UK Government Feed-in Tariff scheme (FIT) which paid for all grid-connected generated electricity at the initial rate of up to 41.3p per kWh. Not surprisingly the take-up by investors into solar proved to be very popular and hence too costly to the Government. The Government was forced to backtrack and hence reduced the rate in August 2011 for larger schemes. As from Feb 2016, the rate was 4.39 pence per kWh of power generated by domestic systems of 4 kWp (p means peak).

Since the solar incentives were slashed in 2016, the installations of solar PV’s has plummeted. Hence growth in solar installations halved in 2017 with only 14 MW of domestic solar was forecasted to be fitted in 2018 down from 606 MW in 2011 according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Solar advocates are pinning their hopes for a revival on the continuing fall in the cost of panels and complementary technologies, including batteries and electric cars.

Vision for Jersey

The Current amount of electricity generated by local solar panels is estimated to be ) 0.5MW (equivalent to 500 kW). This is negligible and only represents 0.2% of the local installed capacity. Jersey needs a change in policy and possibly government help if the island is to invest in Solar. CIREG believes that it is not sufficient for Jersey to accept that its electricity is generated from a low carbon source (mainly French nuclear). It believes that the island could benefit from generating its own electricity through renewable means.

Mark Brandon, the CEO of Sun Works (C.I.) Ltd is to give a short presentation on the proposed JE standby charge and using his experience of local solar power installations his vision for renewable energy for Jersey.

Questions and comments will then be invited from the floor.

The lecture is at 8 pm and is preceded by an optional dinner (6.30 pm - £23). Ticket options below are for with the lecture only or dinner and lecture.

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