According to the new data published this morning by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), solar photovoltaic panels demand in the UK continues dramatically dropping. The number of solar pv installations for this week ending 13th May is 912, 42.5 % less than the last one 1.
Going back in time, the average of solar photovoltaic installations in May 2011 was 1,594. From the beginning of May 2012 until the date, the average of installations is 1,248, which is around a 20% less, when there is still more than fifteen days left until the end of May. In addition, recent figures show that the total capacity installed during the past four weeks was 17MW, against a four-weekly average of 71MW over the past 12 months.
Given these bad results, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has written today to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) asking to delay the proposed July Feed-in Tariff cuts, which are expected to be cut from 21p towards 16.5p. STA Chairman, Alan Aldridge, said: “The STA has been seeking to counter the public confusion around solar in a bid to reignite the market (the feed-in tariff offers a ROI today which is as good as when it was first launched), but this effort will take some time to translate into sales. There is no doubt that solar is in better shape now than last autumn, but we need the Government to allow the market to adjust to changing circumstances before introducing the next round of tariff cuts.”
With over 4,000 MCS accredited solar panel installers, 1,000 installations per week is not enough to maintain the industry. However, there is still a lot confidence on the potential of the UK solar market, above all since prices started to drop, so only more consumer awareness about the great returns with the 21p Feed-in Tariff can help to increase solar demand.
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