The bank holiday sunshine helped solar PV become the UK’s dominant source of electricity for three hours on Sunday afternoon.

Data compiled by Drax Electricity Insights shows that between 12:15pm and 3:15pm on Sunday, the country’s solar fleet generated more power than any other generation source, including gas.


During that period solar contributed between 8.4GW and 8.8GW of the country’s total demand. That was equivalent to between 26.7% and 28.5% of demand. Gas meanwhile contributed around one-quarter, with nuclear generating just shy of that figure as well.

Coal however was shunted entirely off the system during the afternoon spell.

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