The latest data from MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) shows that the three months to the end of March 2023 has seen the most small-scale renewable installations of solar PV technologies, heat pumps and battery storage since Q4 2015.
– More than 60,000 installations completed in Q1 2023, the highest-performing quarter since Q4 2015
– Solar PV installations from January to March 2023 numbered 50,719, a 114% increase on the number of installations for the same period in 2022
– 8,790 heat pumps deployed in Q1 2023, the second highest quarter for the technology in the scheme’s history
– Number of MCS certified contractors increasing as demand for renewable technologies continues, with number of solar PV contractors rising by 66% in 12 months.
Installation information and analysis
Latest figures from the MCS Data Dashboard show that 60,004 installations were completed in Q1 2023.
In March 2023 alone, MCS recorded a total of 20,868 installations, which was the highest performing March since 2012 and the second consecutive month in which the number of installations had exceeded 20,000.
Solar PV technologies accounted for 85% of installations (50,719) in Q1 2023, the highest deployment since Q4 2015. The figure represents a 114% increase on the number of solar PV installations for the same period in 2022 (23,747). It is also a 94% increase on installations during the first quarter of 2019, which marked the end of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) incentive (26,089 installations during this period).
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In particular, the number of solar PV installations in March 2023 (17,497) was 73% higher than March 2022 and represents the highest monthly deployment of the technology since December 2015, during the height of the FiT.