As the world continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic a sliver of sunlight shines some positive news into the record books.
During the Spring season both the United Kingdom and Germany recorded the sunniest Spring season in recorded history.
The UK saw over 695 hours of sunlight throughout the season, over 100 more than any other spring season since records began in 1929.
Germany’s National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst, also reported that some areas of the country had seen up to 800 hours of sunshine this spring. It was also reported in a press statement that April had been the third driest month since records began in 1881.
Back in the UK, England saw over 299 hours of sunshine in May alone, fuelling higher than average generation figures from solar PV arrays across the country.
Some installations completed by SaveMoneyCutCarbon have reported over 27% more generation than estimated through last month.
What’s caused this?
According to Dr Mark McCarthy from the Met Office “The sunshine figures for spring would even be extremely unusual for summer and only three summers would beat spring 2020 for sunshine hours.”
Could this be linked to the global COVID-19 lockdown? Seradata, a satellite database and analysis company, tweeted “Less air travel means less condensation trails (contrails) and particulates, letting more sun through. Same thing happened after 911.”
SaveMoneyCutCarbon are still actively working with our client base to design and install solar PV arrays that can take advantage of the record breaking weather.