Sun shines brightest for Scots solar PV owners in Morayshire, Fife and the Borders in UK first solar rankings

Experts at Green Business Watch have launched the UK’s first solar panel rankings aimed at highlighting the solar energy opportunities to property owners on a county-by-county basis for the first time.

The findings, which look at a variety of factors show some clear differences in installations of solar PV in different counties as well as variations in potential domestic savings and earnings from £413 to as much as £655 per year.

With high targets to meet in solar installations and many misconceptions around the size of the opportunity, the UK Solar Power County Rankings  allow property owners see the real benefits of solar in their area.

The rankings show that south west England currently accounts for over 25% of all installed solar capacity with Scottish counties only representing 2.9%.

Conversely, many Scottish counties perform strongly in terms of domestic solar penetration based on installations per 10,000 households.

Despite making up much of the bottom 10 in terms of total installed solar capacity, Scottish counties perform well in terms of domestic penetration – with the Scottish Borders at fifth place in these rankings, Moray in 19th and the Highlands in 22nd place.

Alastair Kay, at Green Business Watch said: “Solar energy presents an opportunity for property owners across the UK but there is a lot of uncertainty over what the benefits are in real terms and what the figures really mean for householders.

“If we as an industry are to keep solar growing, it’s essential that we help property owners to see what can be achieved using solar. We’ve put together the UK Solar Power County Rankings to give a complete picture comparing solar deployment and potential on a county by county basis.”

“If we as an industry are to meet the Government’s stretching targets on solar it’s essential that we help property owners to see what can be achieved using solar. We’ve put together the UK Solar Panel Rankings to bring together the findings in an accessible and easy to understand format for the first time.”

The UK’s solar PV capacity in 2018, sits at an impressive 12.79GW. The country sits in seventh place in the world solar panel rankings, with Italy and Germany the only European countries ahead in the list.

26 Jun 2018

Pixie Energy

Pixie logo Pixie Energy is an incubator and a facilitator of strategic research and project work, focusing on energy regulation, policy and markets at the local and national level. Find out more about Pixie Energy here.

Local Energy Matters: Scotland

Local Energy Matters: Scotland is a free-to-download brochure with a focus on energy tariffs in the two Scottish electricity distribution regions, as well news on local energy and low-carbon schemes.

Previous editions can be download here.

Scottish energy market overview

You can read an overview of the Scottish energy market here.

Scottish Government energy feed