“Did you know that there are more solar panels installed in the north of the United Kingdom than the south, proving once and for all that solar panels does work well in the British climate?”
This data cover the period 2010/ 20011 as the feed-in tariffs, which rewards pioneer adopters of both solar electric and solar heating type installations, give a guaranteed income as well as free electricity.
The adoption rate of solar panels has increased greatly since the feed-in tariffs were introduced in April 2010. 260MW of power are now being generated, with 48,460 separate installations across the UK.
This revelation has been confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate, from data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Scotland had held the title of the biggest solar panel adopter in 2008/9 despite its renowned reputation for gloomy weather and its geographical location, which hopefully shows, once and for all, that solar technology does work well in our climate, even in the north.
Scotland is now in 3rd position for highest numbers of solar panels adopters, including both domestic and commercial installations in the United Kingdom (except the Republic of Ireland).
Of the 20 local authorities that have installed solar technologies, 9 are in the north of England with the top 3 places taken up by Yorkshire, in the towns of Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield, with Leeds in fifth place.
The growth of installations has increased by 450% in the last 2 years and is expected to continue at an even higher rate with the long awaited Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes being finally rolled out this coming April.
Solar panels myths busted
The old myths about solar panels have now been busted.
Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Heat my Home adds “Since I began working in the solar industry in 2004, there were only ever 2 questions I got asked by inquiring home owners. The first was about performance in our climate and the second about payback.”
The payback has been addressed with the feed-in tariff scheme, which will continue to reward homes and businesses who install solar panels over the next 2 years:
- Solar electric pioneers will receive 15.44 pence per kWh generated over a 25 year period.
- Solar heating pioneers will receive 8.5 pence per kWh generated over a 20 year period.
Both incentives pay you, even if you use the energy for your own home -therefore making it an index-linked and tax free income.
The question about solar panels in our climate has now been answered by those energy savvy northerners.
Solar panels can now become an everyday technology, as common as satellite dishes; however, don’t leave it too long before buying your own installation, as overwhelming demand for the feed-in tariffs will bring the rate down again sooner rather than later to adopters, as was seen with the last tariff rate last year.
Welcome to the solar panel century.
"Feel the pride."
Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.