In January 2024, UK’s solar capacity hit 15.7GW across 1,454,607 installations, marking a 6.6% increase since January 2023, with domestic installations leading the charge, according to latest report

According to the latest data, solar power installations in the UK have surged, reaching a total capacity of 15.7GW across 1,454,607 installations by the end of January 2024.

This represents a notable increase of 6.6% (equivalent to 974MW) compared to the same period in 2023.

Throughout January 2024, 13,322 installations were accounting for 58MW of capacity.

While this figure is slightly lower than the volumes recorded at the beginning of 2023, it still surpasses the average figures observed between 2016 and 2021.

The recovery of solar installations from a sharp decline experienced in April 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdown measures has been evident, with numbers surpassing pre-pandemic levels by the second half of 2020.

Between 2016 and 2021, the median number of new monthly installations stood at around 3,000 per month.

However, the median over the past 12 months has soared to over 15,000 installations per month.

Despite domestic installations representing the majority of the solar PV fleet in the UK, they only contribute to 29% of the total capacity.

However, there has been a recent uptick driven by residential installations, accounting for 84% of new schemes installed in January 2024.

This surge amounted to 44MW, constituting 77% of the new capacity.

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