Domestic solar power demand goes through the roof with 125,000 new installations last year

Solar power roofNew figures issued by the Department of Energy (DECC) have revealed that small-scale solar PV panels were installed on the roofs of more than 125,000 homes last year.

The numbers also show that a total of 700MW of solar –  the equivalent of powering 212,000 homes –  was installed on buildings and in ground-mounted solar farms thanks to the Feed in Tariff over the course of the year.

The growth in demand for residential solar has meant that for the first time since 2012 the tariff paid out for that size of system will reduce not just because of the automatic reduction every nine months but instead because of the healthy number of installations towards the end of last year.

Furthermore, slightly larger solar PV installations between 10kW and 50kW – often on schools, village halls or business units – grew by over 50% between October and December 2014 as compared to the previous three month period.

David Pickup, Business Analyst, Solar Trade Association, commented: These latest statistics show that the FiT solar PV market is seeing healthy growth with plenty of solar going up on domestic and commercial roofs as well as small solar farms.

“We are particularly pleased to see good levels of growth in the large rooftop market with 33MW of solar – 164 installations – installed in the last three months of 2014, more than double that in the previous quarter.

“But this isn’t enough – as we have shown in our model of the Feed in Tariff budget, we need to see more solar going up on roofs and more gradual reductions in the tariff to get to the industry’s goal of subsidy-free solar. Our Solar Independence Plan sets out how we can restructure the Feed in Tariff to get more solar for very little extra money and give a path to zero subsidy.”

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