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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