Solar sector sees number of rooftop installations double in a year

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The solar power sector saw “spectacular” growth in 2022 with the number of rooftop installations increasing to 130,596 – almost the same as the total number of systems installed during 2019 – 2021.

The data relates to solar pv systems with a generating capacity of up to 50KW that have been registered with MCS, covering all domestic and rooftop systems, bar those on warehouses.

This volume of installations is reportedly being driven by consumers wishing to mitigate high energy costs and live a more sustainable lifestyle. More smaller-scale systems were installed in 2022 than in any year since the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) driven numbers seen in 2015 – a post-subsidy record which is more than double the amount seen in 2021. Similarly, over 16,000 solar rooftop projects registered with MCS in January 2023 – three times the number that registered in January 2022.

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive of Solar Energy UK said:

“The rapid increase in solar power sales is great news for the economy, public pockets, net zero and of course for energy security too. Solar is surely one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK right now. The data indicates that the current pace of installation will have to double again for consumer-scale systems to match the number needed to meet the target set for all solar power in the Government’s Energy Security Strategy, though that is clearly achievable, as it would be less than in 2011 and 2012, the height of the Feed-in Tariff era.”

“Furthermore, considering the huge scale of investment in photovoltaic manufacturing around the world, the Skidmore Review calling for a ‘solar revolution’, colossal energy bills and the climate crisis becoming ever more evident, there is every expectation that this will be fulfilled,” he added.

MCS Chief Executive Ian Rippin said:

“The growth we’ve seen highlights the appetite for solar PV and does give some insight into the growing reliance on home-grown energy in the UK.”

“As electricity prices continue to rise, more people are turning to renewable solutions to generate their own power at home and it’s great to see increasing levels of confidence in solar.”

The UK now boasts nearly 1.3 million solar power installations, with roughly 1.1 million of them on homes, providing an estimated power capacity of 15GW – two thirds on the ground and the remainder on residential and commercial roofs.

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