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A new record has been set in the solar PV sector, with more rooftop systems being installed so far this year than during the whole of 2022, according the renewable energy standards body MCS.

A total of 138,336 solar pv installations have been registered since December, up from 137,926 registered over 2022 – a record breaking year in itself for the post-subsidy industry. The figures refer to installations with a capacity of 50kW and below, deployed on the likes of homes, schools and small businesses. 

Current trends indicate that the UK could well surpass the all-time record of 203,120 solar pv installations, set during the height of the Feed-in Tariffs regime in 2011. The scheme was scrapped at the end of 2019, with the Government arguing that its objective to lower the costs of photovoltaic energy had been met.

Illustrating how quickly the industry has grown, more than half of the capacity installed over the past four and a half years has been installed over the past 13 months.

Ian Rippin, MCS Chief Executive said:

“In the face of the cost-of-living crisis and energy crisis, it is reassuring that consumers have the confidence to turn to home-grown energy. Small-scale solar pv provides home and business owners with energy independence and security against ever-increasing electricity costs.

“There is still more work to be done to make the transition to low-carbon technology even easier for UK consumers, but 2023 is already the most successful year in our history for solar installations on the roofs of homes and businesses. This remains a critical step in our shared national journey to net zero.” 

Chris Hewett, Solar Energy UK Chief Executive said:

“The reasons behind the extraordinary place of rooftop solar deployment are simple. Power from the grid remains expensive, whereas solar is cheap, paying back in a handful of years in most circumstances. It’s one of the best investments that home and small business owners can make. Coupled with growing concern over climate change and record temperatures around the world, it’s no wonder that so many people have taken the plunge to decarbonise.” 

To MCS Data Dashboard can be viewed here.


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