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Solar PV capacity grows sluggishly

Solar PV

UK solar photovoltiac capacity has grown by less in the 10 months since subsidy changes than it did in the single month prior to the change, official figures have revealed.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said solar PV capacity stood at 9,069MW at the end of January 2016.

This represented a 1,385MW rise in the 10 months since the renewables obligation certificate scheme was closed to new large-scale schemes from 1 April last year.

In contrast, 2,000MW of capacity was added in March 2015 alone.

Just 128MW of power was added by installations of 5MW or more in December 2015, compared with 1,833MW in March that year.

Mott MacDonald group strategic development manager Simon Harrison wrote in New Civil Engineer earlier this year that solar power would “survive the latest subsidy cuts”.





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