Ofgem, the UK’s electricity and gas regulator, has officially released figures for the amount of solar photovoltaic installations in the UK since the feed-in tariff (FiT) was introduced on April 1, 2010. The figures show that PV has significantly overtaken any other renewable energy source in the country, hitting a total of 11.266MW in the past four months, reports PV-Tech’s UK sister site, Solar Power Portal.
The data runs from April 1, to July 31, 2010. The total figure for solar PV installations for this period was 4,457 – 4,429 of which were domestic, six commercial, and one community. This outlines the dominance of the domestic sector for this period.
The growth of the UK photovoltaic market is also clearly outlined by Ofgem’s figures. From April 1st total PV installations were 409 (0.979MW), for the same period in May they reached 942 (2.290MW), in June 1,406 (3.524MW) and by July the figures had climbed to 1,753 (4.592MW).
The majority of the installations and thus megawatt figures from the period were residential, yet this is something that is expected to change in the coming months. Research analysts, iSuppli said that the UK is the fastest growing market for solar, projecting 96MW of installations by the end of 2010. This figure may seem far-fetched in comparison to current growth patterns, which point towards Sharp’s more conservative, predication of 43MW by the end of April 2011. However, if more large-scale, utility installations are added into the mix over the next few months, as well as assuming that the supply issues concerning the UK PV market improve, then iSuppli’s projection may not be far off.