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Offline IanB

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She canna' take any more, Captain!
« on: November 14, 2013, 09:21:34 pm »
There's a new challenge for green energy and solar power devotees. The electricity grid doesn't have enough capacity to take all the extra power people want to shove the wrong way down the wires:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24921411

Apparently it needs very expensive upgrades to the infrastructure to support the change in load patterns.
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Offline Rufus

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Re: She canna' take any more, Captain!
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 09:43:23 pm »
There's a new challenge for green energy and solar power devotees. The electricity grid doesn't have enough capacity to take all the extra power people want to shove the wrong way down the wires:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24921411

Apparently it needs very expensive upgrades to the infrastructure to support the change in load patterns.

If the subsidies are like they are in the UK (unless the insanity for new installations was changed recently) you get paid (at 4 times the going rate) for solar power you generate regardless of using it yourself or pumping it into the grid.

You can get controllers which automatically divert any excess to water or thermal storage heaters to make sure you never feed the grid.

It is only because solar is intermittent and to grab subsidies people want to pump more peak power into the grid than they ever wanted to take out that the infrastructure is inadequate.
 

Offline IanB

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Re: She canna' take any more, Captain!
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 09:50:20 pm »
If the subsidies are like they are in the UK...

Just FYI, this is indeed the UK (Northern Ireland). But I don't know if Northern Ireland has identical energy policies to the rest of the UK. They could even be more attractive...?
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