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Grid Parity for Solar in the UK… in 2013?

A company called Solarcentury has written a report that says the UK will have solar grid parity by 2013, because PVs will be cheaper than fossil fuel.  Given the rate of growth of PV collection power in the last six months, I think nothing is impossible – but they are strong words.

The report says that consumers, not commercial markets, will be at the parity mark in 2013 – commercial will hit in 2018.  An article at the Guardian also says that the consumer price for PV will be around 17p-18p per unit.  This is about 7-8p than is being paid now according to my research on London’s average price.  Londoners, what are you paying per unit for electricity?

The article from the Sustainablog is pretty great, and the report is worth reading.  Get the report here from Solarcentury (PDF link).

Also, I found a cool little video on photovoltaics via Solarcentury’s youtube channel – worth a look-see!

Acciona’s 46 MegaWatts in Portugal

Do you know what “grid parity” means?

When alternative energy sources and their generating infrastructure make so much electricity that they are at cost or cheaper than the cost of the electricity on the regular power grid, those alternative energy sources have achieved grid parity.  This would be a wonderful thing – to have green technologies owning an equal share of the power grid.  My wife and I used a company called Green Mountain Energy when we lived in Dallas, Texas – Green Mountain is a wind power company that adds it’s percentage to the power grid.  It wasn’t quite a grid parity situation, obviously – but it felt good to be putting money towards the technology.

In a solar situation, a company called Acciona has just built a $367 million dollar solar farm.  This massive living breathing animal generates 46 Megawatts of photovoltaic power, with a grand total of two hundred fifty thousand panels.  This thing is amazing.  How many homes do you think it’s capable of powering?

Thirty Thousand.  Thirty thousand Portugese homes.

The press release from Acciona is here.  Here’s a good article from OVI Magazine, and one from EcoGeek.