The solar power industry saw spectacular growth in 2022, driven by the energy price crisis and consumer desire for a more sustainable lifestyle. A greater number of smaller-scale systems were installed than in any year since 2015, more than twice the amount seen in 2021 and setting a post-subsidy record.

A total of 130,596 were mounted on UK rooftops last year, according to new data from MCS, the standards organisation for homegrown renewable energy and heating technology across the UK.[1] The number is almost the same as those installed in 2019, 2020 and 2021 put together.

The data covers all solar photovoltaic systems with a generating capacity of up to 50 kilowatts that have been registered with MCS. The range covers all domestic and most commercial rooftop systems, excluding warehouse roofs and solar farms.

A matrix of roof hooks in place (Image: T. Larkum/Tanjent)

A matrix of roof hooks in place (Image: T. Larkum/Tanjent)

Further illustrating the public’s well-established enthusiasm for solar energy, this January set a new post-subsidy monthly record of 16,043 MCS registrations – three times the number seen only a year earlier.[2]

The previous record monthly installation rate was set in December 2015, after which the Feed-in Tariff subsidy for domestic-scale solar installations was slashed to a fraction of its former level. Payments for new systems were eliminated at the end of March 2019, as the price of solar panels had fallen dramatically over the years.

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