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Nearly 500,000 UK Homes Have Solar Panels

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has produced statistics revealing that the UK now has 495,459 homes with solar panels fitted and, based upon historic data, it is likely that the solar panel industry should be celebrating half a million installations by the end of the year. Whilst this may be a significant milestone to reach, there is still a long way to go before the UK can be confident in achieving its renewable energy targets by 2020.

Will we hit half a million domestic solar panel installations by the end of 2013?

All the above installations were in the “below 50kW” installations and it will no doubt require greater investment in the 50kW plus installations for the country to achieve its targets. The vast majority of the above solar photovoltaic panel installations were in the “below 4kW” residential area.

Another interesting statistic coming out of the most recent set of figures from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was that the volume of weekly installations for the week ending 15th December topped 10MW in the “below 50kW” category for the second week running with 2,806 installations producing capacity of 10,881 kW (week ending 8 December 2013 saw 2,807 installations generating 10,537 kW). The figures for the week ending 15 December 2013 are the third largest for this present calendar year and are the biggest in relation to installed capacity since the feed in tariff was reduced on 1st July 2013.

There are no doubt very good reasons why these levels of installations are being seen here in the UK. Perhaps one of those reasons could be due to a number of the major utility suppliers increasing their electricity prices considerably?

Let us hope that we continue to see an increase in the level of installations during 2014 and beyond both in the domestic market but also in the commercial sector as well, with the latter being important in helping the UK achieve its targets in the coming years.

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