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How Is The UK Deployment Of Solar Photovoltaics Progressing?

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy produces a report/figures on a monthly basis about the deployment of solar photovoltaics here in the UK. We thought that we would share with our readers some of the statistics covering up to October 2016, although do bear in mind that the figures are provisional at this stage.

Solar photovoltaic panel installations will play a part in helping the UK as it endeavours to achieve its carbon emission and renewable energy targets.

It is interesting that there have been 894,424 solar panel installations with a total solar PV capacity of 11,319 MW since the start of such installations up to the 31st October 2016. In the 12 months to that date, capacity has grown by 2,536 MW with this being an increase of 29%.

Only 8.3 MW of Solar PV capacity and 2,426 installations had been confirmed for the month of October 2016 presumably up to around when the figures became available/production of the report about the 24th November 2016. Of that capacity, 58% related to small-scale installations of 0 kW to 4 kW.

So far, since solar panels first started to be installed up to the 31st October 2016, 2,446 MW of capacity has been produced by small-scale installations of 0 kW to 4 kW. This equates to 22% of total capacity. Large-scale solar panel installations that exceed 5 kW accounted for 5,466 MW of capacity with this equating to 48% of total capacity over the same period.

There is no doubt that, following changes made by the Government to the Feed in Tariff scheme some time ago, there has been a reduction in the number of solar photovoltaic panel installations here in the UK. There have also been a significant number of job losses within the solar panel industry.

It will be interesting to see if any schemes are introduced to increase the number of solar panel installations here in the UK in the short term. Such installations play a significant part in the amount of renewable energy that is being used as the UK seeks to achieve its renewable energy and carbon emission targets.

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