Can this be doubled within 4 years?
The latest figures from DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) show that at the end of May 2016 the UK had passed the 10 GW milestone of installed Solar PV capacity. The UK has 882,440 operational solar PV systems installed.
In the first 5 months of 2016, the UK added 920 MW of Solar PV capacity which is almost a third of what was added in the same period last year.
Another interesting statistic from the latest figures is that domestic installations up to 4kW output represents a total capacity of over 2.4 GW.
How does this compare with our European neighbours? Well, in Germany, at the end of 2015, there was ca. 40 GW of installed Solar PV distributed over 1.5 million power plants. This installed PV capcity exceeds that of all other types of power plants in Germany.
The big question is whether this capacity can be doubled in 4 years! The UK aims to meet 15% of domestic electricity demand with renewables by 2020. The goal for solar PV is to have 22 GW of installed capacity by 2020. It feels like a challenging target given the reduction in tariffs we have seen but there is huge potential for businesses and organisations to reduce their electricity bills by installing solar PV and seeing a very respectable return on investment.