Episode .1 Solar power in the UK. An in depth look at the truth and science that lies behind the madness of solar power in the United Kingdom. Sources below.
Some releases are updated monthly or quarterly so there may be more recent releases in the links below than the exact ones I used when I made the video.
Solar intensity maps are from SolarGIS:
The Capacity / Generation tables are from “Renewable electricity in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England in 2016” https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/647335/Regional_renewable_electricity_2016.pdf
The Summer / Winter variation of renewable energy is from “Section 6 – Renewables” of the quarterly edition of Energy Trends (link is for a more recent release that I used but has the same chart with different colours)
The European data of Solar utilisation and Solar/Wind renewable mix was calculated from the country tables of “World Energy Council – World Energy Resources 2016” eg. p.583 for Solar. There is also useful commentary on different energy types in each section.
The cost of renewable subsidy by type is from a DECC response to a Freedom of Information request:
UK monthly electricity demand is from ET5.5 in National Statistics – Energy Trends
US monthly electricity demand is from the “US Energy Information Adminstration – Monthly Energy Review”