According to EUPD Research estimates, the cumulative installed solar PV capacity in the UK increased from 13.4 GW in 2019 to 15.8 GW in 2022. In 2022, the country is estimated to have added a total of 1,120 MW of PV capacity, which marks the highest addition after 2016.
After the closure of Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme and FITs, the growth of the solar PV sector in the UK experienced a slowdown. However, in 2021 and 2022, the solar PV sector again picked up the growth.
Solar PV sector will be important for the country to reach its net-zero target by 2050. The government’s Energy Security Strategy, released in April 2022, expects a five-fold increase in deployment of solar PV by 2035, which roughly translates to 70 GW of installed capacity.
United Kingdom is estimated to have added 1,120 MW of solar PV capacity in 2022, of which 412 MW was added in the Industrial & Utility (I&U) segment, 260 MW in the commercial segment and 448 MW in the residential segment. After the closure of FITs in 2019, the sector’s growth is driven by the residential segment (< 10 kW), the commercial segment (50 kW to ≤ 5 MW) and the utility-scale segment (> 25 MW). EUPD research predicts that this trend will continue in the future. The utility segment, however, is expected to grow faster after 2023. This is due to the commercialization of projects from the fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme (2.2 GW awarded). Starting from 2023, CfD auctions will be held annually.
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