Sunshine Brings Solar Power Boost

The recent sunny weather isn’t just lifting the spirits of islanders and visitors. It’s giving a nice boost to income generated on the sports hall solar panels.

The solar panels were installed on the hall last year and earnings generated from the feed in tariff are shared between the school and the Council.

On Saturday 14th July, a fairly gloomy day, typical of the weather this year, the panels generated a total of 135kWh of power. But that leapt to 162kWh on the sunny day last Sunday.

While that translates to only around £4 in extra income per day, that becomes a sizeable boost in earnings each month if the weather remains good.

This is on top of reports that state Scilly is one of the best places in the UK for solar energy production, with up to 10% greater than average generation due to the quality of the light.


2 Responses to Sunshine Brings Solar Power Boost

  1. Steve Sims July 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I’m a little confused (again), 4 quid for 130-170 kWh seems a little low. It cost between 10p and 25p per kWh when it’s supplied which should equate to between £13 and £35 per day which a lot better than £4. Possibly EDF buy power for around a tenth of the price they charge us for it. In which it’s no wonder solar power takes so long to pay for itself.

  2. Stuart July 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Solar power was the idea of the recently departed headmaster who leaves the islands and the school a lasting legacy.