The UK has installed more solar power systems in 2023 than in all of 2022, according to data from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), which accredits PV, wind and micro-CHP installations up to 50kW.
Trade body Solar Energy UK (SEUK) said the data showed a new annual record for 2023 with 138,336 solar PV installations since 2022, up from 137,926 last year, which SEUK said was “a record for the post-subsidy industry.” As of September 26, solar installations recorded by MCS for the year have risen to 142,091.
On current trends, 2023 is also set to pass the all time annual record of 203,120 installations set during the height of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) period in 2011. FiTs were scrapped in 2019.
Growth in solar installations has increased rapidly over recent years, with more than half of the capacity installed in the past four and a half years coming in the past 13 months, SEUK said.
MCS chief excecutive Ian Rippin said, “In the face of the cost-of-living crisis and energy crisis, it is reassuring that consumers have the confidence to turn to home-grown energy. Small-scale solar provides home and business owners with energy independence and security against ever-increasing electricity costs.”
“There is still more work to be done to make the transition to low-carbon technology even easier for UK consumers, but 2023 is already the most successful year in our history for solar installations on the roofs of homes and businesses.
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