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04.02.2014

Grows the market of solar photovoltaic in UK

UK installed 1.00 GW of solar photovoltaics during 2013, a 41% market growth over the 711 MW installed in 2012, bringing the nation to 2.71 GW to date.
(UK) A statistics released by the National Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals that UK installed 1.00 GW of solar photovoltaics during 2013, a 41% market growth over the 711 MW installed in 2012, bringing the nation to 2.71 GW to date.

This increase is due first of all to feed-in-tariff that supported the largest portion of new installations at 385 MW, followed by the Renewables Obligation (RO) at 326 MW. Through the RO, the Government places an obligation on all licensed electricity suppliers,  to source a proportion of the electricity they supply to customers from renewable energy sources. All suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland are affected by the charge.

This is a big increase for the RO and reflect the government's attempt to move away from feed-in tariffs.

The Uk in fact has a much smaller installed capacity than most of its neighbors, with less than 15% of the installed PV in Germany or Italy, and less than in Belgium, France or Spain; this is due in part of a late uptake of feed-in tariffs and to frequently changes in policy by the different governments.

Despite these difficulties, preliminary statistics suggest that the UK may have been the third-largest PV market in Europe in 2013, after Germany and Italy; but we cannot forget that the contribution of PV to overall electricity demand is well below 1% and  renewables contributed only 13% to the electricity supply in 2013.

This is also due to the current UK government which  has preferred  natural gas and nuclear power over renewables, and led an effort to remove a renewable energy target from 2020 EU climate goals.