The UK and Renewable Energy
The UK has more than 63 million inhabitants and comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2011 the UK has settled an ambitious renewable energy target aiming at delivering 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, under the Renewable Energy Roadmap programme. The Roadmap, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has been updated in 2013.
The DECC announced £31 billion of private investment in renewable energy generation between January 2010 and September 2013. This is expected to support over 35,000 jobs in the field of renewable energies. Wind, renewable heat and transport are very important sections of the Roadmap. In fact, the UK is currently the world’s biggest offshore wind market. Solar panels (and solar thermal, to a lesser extent) are an increasingly popular renewable energy technology in the UK.
The UK’s government is designing a series of incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive to attract more people to invest in renewable technologies, and this is having positive results. They are also putting effort to get not only businesses but also small communities involved in green energy measures. Moreover, the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme continue to play a crucial role in spreading renewable technologies both for domestic and commercial purposes.
Solar Energy in the UK
As a result of the increasing energy prices, the popularity of the FiT and the reduction in the prices of solar panels, solar energy is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Contrary to the general opinion that solar panels wouldn’t work in grey weather, numbers show that photovoltaics are spreading fast in the UK. In fact, according to the DECC, total solar PV capacity grew by 1.0 GW between July 2012 and June 2013, representing a 70% increase and bringing total installed capacity to 2.4 GW.
To find detailed and local information about solar energy in your area, click on the images at the top of this page.
How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in the UK?
The price of solar panels depends on the size, type and quality of the system chosen, among other factors. Therefore, it is not possible to give an exact price for a solar panel installation. However, we compiled a list of some average prices here, especially for you.
Are There Grants For Solar Energy in the UK?
The most popular incentives in the UK for solar energy are the FiT (for solar panels) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (for solar thermal). The FiT does not apply for Northern Ireland though. They have a similar scheme called NIRO (Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation). To get more specific information regarding grants for solar energy, you can click on the links above, where you can read about local grants. You can also learn about The Green Deal, a program that will help you improve your home's insulation.
How Can I Find a Solar Supplier in the UK?
Finding the right solar supplier can take up a lot of your time. Moreover, since the required investment is quite significant, you want to make a good purchase which will make you happy during the entire lifespan of the solar system. Therefore, you should compare different suppliers and their respective options and make sure that you pick a reliable and certified supplier. GreenMatch.co.uk is here to help. You can fill the contact form at the top of this page and you will be contacted by up to four professional solar installers with their best offers to suit your particular needs. Our no-obligation service is 100% free of charge!