UK growth in solar installations holds steadyAugust 27, 2013
The numbers of solar panels installed on properties throughout the UK is now experiencing steady growth, despite a recent drop in installations following the surge in uptake following the change in the feed-in tariff rates at the end of July.
That's according to recent figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which showed that in the week ending August 18th, there were some 1,910 installations of 50kW-scale systems and below, as registered on the governmental database.
This is an increase on the 1,547 systems of this scale installed during the week ending August 11th, and represents a capacity of 7,145kW of power.
In 2013 so far, there have been 458,247 installations in the sub 50kW category in the UK, taking total solar capacity up to 1,644,039kW.
Most of the installations came in the form of systems with between 0 to 4kW generating abilities. This accounted for 5,338kW of the total power potential installed for the week.
There was, however, a marked increase on the total power installed in the 10-50kW capacity group when comparing the last two weeks of data. For the week ending August 11th, there was just 954kW installations of solar systems of this scale, whereas the following week saw 1,507kW.
The steady installation figures shows that appetite for renewable energy systems in the UK is still solid, with people looking to cut their household carbon emissions and their energy bills in the process.
Furthermore, with larger installations also experiencing an increase, it is possible that UK businesses are starting to see the benefits of installing solar panels onto their premises in order to cut running costs in the long term.
Despite the recent degression of the feed-in tariff rates, some stability has been placed in the industry as these rates will remain frozen until 2014.