UK solar hits 11.5GW, up 19% in 2016


solarInstalled solar PV capacity increased 19% to 11.46GW in the year to December 2016, latest government data shows, with a further 3GW in the planning system.

Roughly half of that increase (1.11GW) arrived in March as investors in large, ground-mounted schemes rushed to beat the closure of the renewables obligation (RO) subsidy scheme.

To date, around half of the UK’s overall solar PV capacity (5.45GW) is made up by very large schemes with capacity greater than 5MW. Around a fifth (2.46GW) comes from domestic scale installations (schemes smaller than 4kW).

According to the government’s Renewable Energy Planning database, there is 14.526GW of solar PV either operational or in the planning stage.

Just five years ago, at the end of 2011, total UK solar PV capacity stood at 750MW.

See the latest PV data here.

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