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Feed-in tariffs boost growth of UK solar panels

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 23 July 2010 at 9:15 am

The feed-in tariff is expected to boost growth of solar panels on British roofs fivefold this year, and 30 times over by 2015 according to a report from Price Waterhouse Coopers.

By 2015, the researchers estimate that 1,000 MW of electricity will be generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Even with this rapid growth, Britain will not catch up with the levels of solar electricity generated in Germany today until 2020.

Most existing UK solar PV installations are small domestic panels, which is similar to Germany (DECC forecasts that by 202 98% of total solar PV installations in the UK will be domestic). However, growth in other European countries has led to annual increases of more than 300% during the first year of feed-in tariffs. This may not happen in the UK, as respondents to PWC's survey expressed concern that there are too few certified installers to meet potential demand.

The analysis found that growth of solar photovoltaic panel installations in the UK to date has been slow because of the lack of incentives for domestic installations, complexity of funding, and planning restrictions. The feed-in tariff should remove these barriers to entry.

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Explore Solar

Explore SolarComment left on: 16 November 2010 at 7:07 pm

I think there is a new issue that could be looming very soon, due to the rise the solar farms and the land being brought up by investment companies in the UK, the government could cuts the FITs tariffs sooner than most people think. The I am quite up set by the whole affair, since the new FITs taffies were brought in April, they were to encourage consumers to  fit more solar panels on the theirs roofs. But instead investments companies have latched on and are trying to make a quick buck in the FITs payment system. As a result if the government does cut the FITs tariff (since it is in the clause if you read the 20th October press release “they reserve the right to review the position depending on the take of the solar panel installations” – this will mean that the consume will be footing the bills for the rise in energy prices, but the investments companies will be making a mint. I am very much in the promotion of green energy this is why I came into renewable energy, but not that the cost of the average consumer footing the bill. Should the government bring out a bill banning the development of solar farm’s to take advantage of the FITs, and leave the FITs insensitive for the consumers only? We should discuss this point? After all it is the consumer who is going to pay for the FITs program, with the rise in their energy prices.


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Jayhawk International Ltd

Jayhawk International LtdComment left on: 27 August 2010 at 6:46 pm

With less than 2 manufactures of PV panels in the UK I know of producing PV moduels, if the figures from price waterhouse is right, some 80-90%% of all PV panels installed will be imported adding further to our balance of payments on top of growing imports of gas, oil and coal as nth sea deliveris fall.

Then we have 100% of inverters coming in from Europe, mainly Germany and Switzerland, all very green in order to WHAT?

Are we all being conned into placeing 10 - 20 180 watt panels on our tiled roof tops to receive tax free returns while we still as I found out today from such an investor who was still burning 46 x 50 watt halogen bulbs.

When I pointed out to him that the latest in LED lamps using 3 watts each would reduce his homes electricty bills by 90%.

Haveing told him the cost was £22.00 each, he nearly fell off his chair and said I buy these lamps in bulk at £2.00 each

Can anybody make sence of this madness?


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AnonymousComment left on: 28 July 2010 at 9:52 am

Try this Feed in Tariff calculator to find out how profitable installing a solar panels system for your home can be.

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