May 25, 2022

The installed capacity of solar panels on homes is equivalent to about three gigawatts of electricity for the UK grid – for the first time these figures have been obtained.

The statistics are published by the Micro Generation Certification Scheme (MCS) – the national standards body for renewable energy technology and installation.

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He noted that the generation figure is equivalent to the size of the Well C nuclear power plant (3.2GW). The MCS installation database predicts that solar panels will outperform the Suffolk reactor output data by the spring of this year.

According to the latest figures, Scotland saw a quarter of all solar panel installations last year.

The figures also show that, in 2021, 61,455 properties in the UK had solar panels installed – up 71 per cent from the previous year. According to Solar Energy UK, this brings the total number of residential properties with panels to around one million. Scotland saw a quarter of all installations last year.

MCS Chief Executive Ian Repin said: “The rate at which domestic solar PV systems are being installed is extremely positive and reflects continued confidence in domestic energy.

“Even better, as well as saving you money on your energy bills, solar panels can also earn you cash – by pumping back the electricity you generate but using yourself in the national energy grid.” Don’t do

“Consumers are increasingly looking to invest in low-carbon technology for the home as installation costs fall as energy prices rise. That means generating and using solar energy more than ever before.” Saves

He added that “changes in behavior during an epidemic also affect the purchase decision, as it increases the value of the property.”

“We should all feel empowered to find the right renewable energy technology to power our homes, especially given the long-term economic and environmental benefits.”

Kevin McCain, Policy Manager, Solar Energy UK, said: “The MCS-approved solar market is booming, with more than 61,000 installations in 2021. This should come as no surprise: reducing solar costs and There is a proven way to reduce carbon emissions. “

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