Can’t Grumble 12-months Solar Generation

2016 Solar Panel Generation Stats

Following a couple of very good years of solar generation including the record breaking 2014, this year was a little let down with poor performance over the winter months.

2016 was not the lowest so can’t really grumble and I’m still pleased with the year’s yield from the 2kw system. The chart below shows the performance over the last twelve months.




2016

Solar Generating Stats – July 2015

Poor Solar Harvesting Result

After a poor May, then a great June – we’ve now got an exceptionally poor July πŸ™ July 2015 has been the poorest July since my solar system was installed by some 27%.

July 2015 Generation Stats
Month Total: 237.23 kW
Best day: 13.03 kW 25/07/2015
Worst day: 0.89 kW 24/07/2015
Generation per kW/panel: 118.61 kW
Daily average: 7.65 kW

July 2015 Solar Stats

Solar Power Battery – Powerwall!

Tesla unveils a battery to power homes from solar panels

Have just seen this on the news and it could well be something of interest to all those who have solar panels on the roof. It’s certainly new technology that I’m going to watch with a lot of interest. I cut my imported electricity use by more than half since I had my solar panel installation – if I can cut it further then that will be even better!

The Tesla web site has revealed

Powerwall

Energy Storage for a Sustainable Home

Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.

Lots of questions to ask but this looks like the perfect partner for a home solar panel installation. Most of us are out when the sun is providing us with the best electricity yield and therefore a large part of our solar generation gets exported to the Grid. At night, when the sun has gone we then purchase the electricity back again at higher rates. So imagine the prospect of a device that holds some of this electric back for us to use instead of buying it back when the sun is either in or not brighter enough.

Harness - Store - Power

So for now well done to Tesla πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Solar PV Feed In Tariffs Increase

The Solar Photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FIT) will rise on 1st April 2015. This will be in line with inflation based on the Retail Price Index (RPI).

The RPI rate of 1.6% will be applied to the feed-in-tariff payments to solar electricity generators as from the beginning of April 2015.

This will see the top current rate of 48.07 per kW rise to 48.84 pence per kW. The export rate will also increase from 3.39 per kW to 3.44 pence per kW.

Solar feed-in-tariff rise 2015

These rates apply to the early adopters of Solar PV Generation. View the full tariff table of rates for the Feed-in Tariff Scheme for 1st April 2015 (PV Only).

 

Is Solar Generation getting better?

What could I expect after a record solar power generation year? I would of hoped for a good steady January to start 2015 off… What I actually produced after starting the month poorly on the first day was yet another great month. It was the best January in the four that the solar system has been installed. Is this a lucky month after a great year or maybe it’s solar generation getting better with climate changes – whatever it is I’m very pleased to start the year so well πŸ™‚

January 2015 Generation Stats
Month Total: 83.04 kWs
Best day: 5.90 kWs 19/01/2015
Worst day: 0.14 kWs 01/01/2015
Generation per kW/panel: 41.52 kWs
Daily average: 2.68 kWs

January 2015 stats

Twelve months to a solar record

After such a great year in 2014 for solar generation I’ve added another chart to show the yield progression over the twelve months. This eventually lead to my Sanyo panelled solar system achieving the best year to date.

A Solar Record Year

Looking at the year and comparing it with the previous three that I’ve been generating my own electricity, it was only June that stood out with an increase of 28 kWs. February and December also saw an increase. So, although a few record months, but no overall best month or day gave me the best year to date!