175MW of solar generation capacity was installed across the UK between January and March, according to new figures, compared to just 60MW in the same quarter of 2020. The figures were released this week in a new announcement from Solar Energy UK and Solar Media. According to these organisations, the UK’s total installed capacity is now 14GW – of which more than 1GW is classed as completely subsidy-free. The organisations tracked a sharp decline in capacity additions in the second quarter of 2019, following the closure of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme. Additions then began to pick up in the latter half of 2019 but fell once again in early 2020, with Covid-19 affecting supply chains and investor priorities. Installations were slightly lower in the first quarter of 2021 than in the last two quarters of 2020 but the report forecasts that they are likely to rise again in the coming months. It outlines how 1GW of new capacity could be installed across the UK this calendar year. A significant growth area is likely to be the public sector, as £140m of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation fund is estimated to be earmarked for 160MW of rooftop solar on public sector buildings like town halls and hospitals.
Edie 16th April 2021 read more »