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Overview: Solar Power in the United Kingdom

Solar power represented only a very small part of electricity production in the United Kingdom (U.K.) until the 2010s when it increased greatly. The sudden and rapid increase of solar power can be attributed to the fact that most of the new installations in that decade were subsidized with a feed-in tariff (FIT), as well as the fact that the cost of photovoltaic panels was — and has been — rapidly falling.

As of 2019, the installed capacity in the U.K. has been over 13 GW. With the 72 MW (DC), Shotwick Solar Farm is the largest solar project in the U.K., but its peak generation was only less than 10 GW. Since panels have a capacity factor of around 10% in the U.K. climate, the average annual generation is roughly the installed capacity multiplied by 1000 hours, being slightly under 13 TWh in 2018 which is somewhat under 4% of the U.K. electricity consumption.

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What is an Electric Panel for Solar Plants?

Electrical panels consist of various connectors and switches that regulate the current flow from the solar power plant to the circuits. In simple terms, solar panels are interconnected to one point, after which the electrical panel and the circuit breaker act as a barrier. All the appliances and electrical equipment are present after this barrier.

How Does the Electric Panel work?

High voltage from the power line or the solar feed goes into the electric panel box and gets distributed to various parts of a house or office premises. Each distribution line gets connected to a Miniature Circuit Breaker. These circuit breakers trip by a short circuit to avert the danger of fire.

What Are Some applications of Electric Panels?

Electric power acts as an interface between the high voltage power line and household circuitry. Irrespective of the source, the electric panels are selected based on the power and current values. Here are some of the applications of Electric panel systems.

  • Solar power: Electric Panels get connected to the power line coming from the solar energy system. The current gets distributed to various circuits inside the house.
  • Conventional power line: Conventional power lines transmit power to the households. Here a main electrical panel box is installed along with the circuit breakers. This box contains the main switch which in case of emergencies can turn off the power of the entire house.

Types of Electric Panels for Solar Projects

Electric panel category based on the power capacity

  • Main Panel: This is a high-capacity Electric panel box installed in any house.
  • Sub Panel: These are small panels connected to the main Electric Panel. They are part of the circuit and are present in the various sections of large households.
  • Lug Panel: Lug panel has no circuit breakers.
  • Fuse Box: Comes with fuse connections that protect the circuits from high voltage surges.

Electric panel category based on the application

  • 100 to 150 Amps: Old types of Electric panels not used anymore.
  • 200 Amps: Electric panels with a capacity of 200 Amps are the most commonly used power panels.
  • 400 Amps: Big houses with high power consumption and high power appliances use 400 Amps electric panels.

Some known brands of Electric Panel for Solar Plants

One of the most innovative companies making electric panels for solar plants is SPAN. Founded by a Tesla employee, SPAN makes Smart Electric power panels. They are used with Smart devices to control the power supply.

Some of the other manufacturers and suppliers are:

  • Panel-Fab
  • ABB
  • Digital Analysis Corporation