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Slow Growth In UK Solar Panel Installations

Figures for the deployment of solar photovoltaic panel installations here in the UK published by the Government indicate slow growth but at least there continues to be take up of solar power. It has to be said that we do not see a huge number of installations on the roofs of houses in comparison to what we were seeing 3 or 4 years ago.

Figures as at January 2018 indicate that there have been 939,872 installations here in the UK on a cumulative basis. The total capacity of these installation amounted to 12,799.6 Mw on a cumulative basis.

It is interesting that 46% of solar capacity is from larger installations of more than 5Mw with 20% coming from smaller installations with a capacity of 1Mw to 4Mw. The latter figure, in the main, will no doubt relate to solar panel installations on the roofs of residential properties. This just goes to show how much reliance there is on solar panels being fitted to the likes of commercial premises such as supermarket roofs and the number of solar farms that have been built in the UK in recent years.

It would be great to hear about more commercial solar panel developments being installed as they could make quite a difference to how the UK performs overall with regard to the installation of solar panels. There certainly appears to be less public interest in solar panels when compared with 3 or 4 years ago with one of the factors affecting that no doubt being the changes made to the Feed-In Tariff scheme with that scheme proving of a lower financial benefit to home and business owners.

It will be interesting to see if the Government decides to do more to help boost the interest from the public in solar power. The more solar panel installation then the greater the reduction in carbon emissions both here in the UK and in other countries around the world which is something we want to see.

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