We asked experts if there's any truth in claims it can be too hot for solar panels

A housing estate viewed from above with solar panels on roofs visible plus a solar farm in the background
Can it be too hot for solar panels? (Image credit: Getty)

When the heatwave hit in June — rather than oodles of electricity being spare, Britain was firing up its coal-fired power stations to cope with a surge in demand.

Prior to this there had been a 46-day hiatus from the fossil fuel, leaving some scratching their heads as to why there was a sudden need for more power. Soon, people were joining the dots and pointing the finger at solar panels saying it was "too hot for solar panels" and that was the cause for the increase in demand.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.