Tick Tock! New carbon clock passes 1 billion kWh of clean electricity generated

We’ve been hard at work crunching numbers so we can demonstrate that with every passing second, we’re achieving our mission: to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change.

The new carbon clock on our website calculates the amount of clean solar electricity being generated by every solar installation Solarcentury has sold since we were formed in 1998. And with every unit of solar electricity generated, there is a corresponding amount of carbon that has not been burned and released into the atmosphere.

And we can say with certainty that we have now passed the 1 billion kWh mark – and because we are now active in 9 countries around the world, we’re confident that this number will keep growing well into the future!

What’s does 1 billion kWh mean?

A typical average-sized home in the UK consumes 3500 kWh of electricity every year. So 1 billion kwh meets the energy needs of over a quarter of a million homes every year (285,700, to be precise!).

Susannah Wood, Chief Marketing Officer at Solarcentury commented, “This is a huge achievement that all Solarcenturians, past and present, should be proud of. Our mission to help fight climate change through promoting the widespread adoption of solar is as relevant today as when we were founded 16 years ago and the clock is further evidence that we’re making a difference in cutting carbon from our atmosphere and protecting the planet for future generations.”

Do the maths

A kWh (Kilowatt-hour) is a unit of energy equivalent to 1 kW of power expended for one hour of time.

To calculate the electricity that is being generated from systems we have built, we consider the size of the systems, where they are deployed around the world (and therefore the yield according to the daylight hours in a particular country) and how long they’ve been installed for because solar PV degrades very slightly over time.