Residential solar marketplace Otovo says solar installation prices fell by 13% in a six month period to March 2023 for British households.

Otovo, a Norwegian company which launched in the UK in February, expects both the cost of panels and labour to fall further, with VAT on UK residential solar systems set at 0% making it likely that the average installation cost of around £5,000 and £6,000 will drop further.

According to consumer standards organisation MCS, home solar installations are at a seven year high, with 60,000 installations completed in Q1 2023, the highest-performing quarter since Q4 2015. This is a 114% increase on the same quarter last year.

Solar panels installed on the garage roof for Mr RM, Colchester (CO6), Essex

Solar panels installed on the garage roof for Mr RM, Colchester (CO6), Essex

Supply chain shocks caused by the end of Covid and the Ukraine war combined to increase solar costs in 2022. These factors interrupted the long term reduction in solar costs that saw prices for solar modules fall about 90% between 2000-2021. “From 2015 to 2020 alone, solar module prices fell by 45%,” Otovo said.

Andreas Thorsheim, founder and chief executive of Otovo Solar said that he had been closely monitoring solar trends for many years, and “this spring we could see the most affordable residential solar in two years.”

“I am happy to say that we are now returning to a downward trend, and we expect the cost of solar installations to come down abruptly in the middle of 2023”, said Thorsheim.

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