The UK solar market’s position worldwide in the face of changing FiT policy


By Emma Hughes, News Editor, Solar Power Portal

The solar photovoltaics market in the United Kingdom was virtually non-existent until April 2010, when the long-awaited feed-in tariff scheme was implemented. Yet, despite coming late to the game, the UK’s solar industry took off immediately, installing more than 80MW in the first 12 months alone. Now, just two years down the line, the market is placed as the world’s eighth largest. This paper will take a look back at how the UK got to this point as well as considering just how bright the future of this fast-paced market will realistically be.

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The 15th edition of Photovoltaics International hopes to bring some optimism to 2012 by tackling the key factors on how to cope with the current situation. Contributions come from MIT on using TCAD as a viable method for modelling metal impurity evolution; Alternative Energy Investing presents a comprehensive look at materials cost; and efficiency improvements are on offer by ECN. REC Solar and Tata BP Solar report on module lifetime and IMS Research gives us a brief rundown of 2012 global market expectations.

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