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We are Cambridge Energy Data Lab, a smart energy startup based in Cambridge, UK.
This blog, named "Cambridge Energy Data Analysis", aims to incrementally unveil our big data analysis and technologies to the world. We are a group of young geeks: computer scientists, data scientists, and serial entrepreneurs, having a passion for smart energy and sustainable world.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Energy Surplus Trends from Domestic UK Solar Panels in October 2013 to January 2014

According to the statistics provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, around 1,900 solar schemes, Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) for solar panels installation, have been installed every week during the past year in the UK. By 5 January, about half million solar schemes had been installed in total.1,2 The solar energy revolution has started, but how much energy can actually be produced using solar panels?

At our lab, we analyzed the energy surplus produced from 1 October 2013 to 31 January 2014, and here we report some basic statistics about this selection of customers.


In these 4 months, our customers had an average energy surplus of approximately 827 kWh, which is similar to the average monthly energy consumption of an American house.3 The lowest surplus obtained by a customer was approximately 340 kWh, while the highest was approximately 1483 kWh.


We recorded the highest peaks of the energy surplus between November and December, although two others significant peaks were recorded in the first half of October and at the beginning of January.

References

  1. Solar panels on half a million UK buildings, figures suggest, Jessica Shankleman for BusinessGreen, part of the Guardian Environment Network theguardian.com
  2. Weekly solar PV installation and capacity based on registration date
  3. U.S. Energy Information Administration website

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