UK Reaches 1.5m Small-Scale Solar Installations

MORE THAN 1.5 million MCS-certified small-scale solar PV installations have now been installed across the UK since records began in 2008.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is the UK’s quality mark for small-scale renewable energy, certifying renewable energy systems to heat and power homes and small businesses.

MCS registrations cover solar installations with a maximum DC output of 50 kilowatts, beyond which is considered commercial scale. A typical household rooftop system’s capacity is 3-4kW.

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive of Solar Energy UK, said: “Congratulations to MCS for reaching this important milestone. The fact that 500,000 of these installations have been carried out since the end of subsidies in 2019, shows that consumer demand for clean energy is stronger than ever. Solar Energy UK is proud to work alongside the organisation to drive the industry forward and maintain high standards”.

Assuming that current installation rates continue, two million installations are expected to be reached in around three years.

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Demand for solar is increasing and the market for rooftop solar is expanding following changes to Building Regulations that are difficult to meet without installing renewable energy solutions.

Additionally, solar is a well-understood and supported technology in the domestic sector and the payback period has reduced in recent years following reductions in the cost of solar panels.

Ian Rippin, CEO at MCS, said: “We’re incredibly proud that the UK has reached 1.5 million MCS certified solar PV installations. This milestone mirrors the growing demand amongst homeowners to generate home-grown electricity – reducing energy bills, claiming energy independence, and decreasing their carbon footprint.”

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