We've had some of the hottest September days since records began in the UK, so it's no surprise to report that our panels have performed well.
The UK media has been having a great time getting excited about the sunshine (we are obsessed with the weather in this country!). However, it has led to some very sloppy reporting, eg: this artlcle by the Mail Online.
If you scan that article, you'd be forgiven for thinking that "Hottest end to September since 1895!" meant that it was actually hotter over a century ago. This is not the case though, as further down they clarify "And it smashed the previous record for a balmy September 29, when the mercury hit 81.5f (27.5c) in York in 1895." So, what they mean by their sensational headline is that we have had the hottest end of September since records began - so why don't they just say that?! It might seem a pedantic point, but climate-change-sceptics sieze upon misleading headlines like this to reinforce their belief that climate change is either not occurring or is not affected by mankind.
Anyway, back to our panels(!) - we actually generated more in September than in the disappointing previous month of August, exceeding our generation targets by 36.5%.
"Indian Summer" or not, it is fairly obvious that our next six months will be relatively lean in terms of energy production. However, no matter how dreary the winter is, I am confident we will meet our annual target of 3,356kWh as we are already over 80% of the way there!
In the graph below, the yellow line indicates the average level we needed to reach each day (10.176kWh) in order to meet the predicted monthly total. The blue line shows the average level we actually reached (13.892kWh).
|Predicted (kWh)||Actual (kWh)||%|
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