New research by Independent Advisor shows that UK solar hotspots installations has increased by over 37% in the last year. Over 1.7 million domestic homes have had the technology installed, and the overall number of solar panels in the UK increased by a third from 2022 to 2023.

Katharine Allison, energy-saving expert at Independent Advisor Solar Panels, said of the findings: “As the UK’s interest in sustainable living grows, solar power is emerging as a leading solution for households looking to lower their carbon footprint.

“The findings here give us a clear picture of the solar landscape in the UK, highlighting the regions and local authorities leading the way in solar adoption.”

Areas get a UK solar hotspots score based on the percentage of households with solar panels installed in 2023-2024, the capacity of solar panels as of December 2022, and the average annual number of sunshine hours.

Anti-bird protection on of our UK solar hotspots in Hounslow (Image: Tanjent)

Anti-bird protection on of our solar installs in Hounslow (Image: Tanjent)

Regionally, the South West tops the chart with a solar hotspot score of 8.48 out of ten, followed by the South East. Northern Ireland is at the bottom of the rankings with a score of only 1.21.

That being said, Northern Ireland was the area with the third biggest increase in solar panel installations compared to 2018-19.

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