The UK’s northerners and solar panels

Did you know, there are more solar panels installed in the north than in the south. Does this demonstrate that solar panels work well in the UK?

The data covers the period 2010/ 20011. The feed-in tariff rewards pioneer adopters of PV solar panels to give a guaranteed income. The adoption rate has increased dramatically since the feed-in tariffs were introduced and amounting to 260 MW spanning 48,460 domestic installations across the UK.

This was confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate.

Scotland held the title of the most significant adoption rate in 2008/9, despite its reputation for less than favorable weather. This demonstrates that solar panels do work well in the United Kingdom.

Scotland is ranked third for the highest numbers of PV adoptions, including both domestic and commercial installations.

The twenty local authorities that installed solar technology, nine are in the north of England. The top three technology adoption rates are in Yorkshire. Photovoltaic installations have increased by 450% in the last two years. This is expected to continue as a Renewable Heat Incentive for solar heating panels is rolled out this April. Therefore, the myths that surround solar technologies have been undeniably busted!

Since I began working in the solar industry, I was always asked about performance in our climate. The payback was addressed with the feed-in tariff scheme.

PV electric panels receive around 5.44 pence per kWh generated over a thirty to forty-year period. Energy-savvy northerners have now put-to-bed this question about solar panels.

Solar panels will become a mainstream technology. Soon to be as familiar as the common-a-garden Satellite Dish.

Stuart Lovatt 2012-01-11