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UK Touching 13 GW Of Solar Power Installed

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According to statistics released from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK added 11 MW (3,125 installations) of new PV systems in June 2017, a decrease from 16 MW in May 2017 and 224 MW in June 2016.

At the end of June 2017, overall UK solar PV capacity stood at just under 13 GW. This is an increase of 8 percent (964 MW) compared to June 2016.

The main drivers (53 percent of capacity) were small residential systems with a capacity of 0 to 4 kW.

To date, 46 percent (5,809 MW) of total installed solar PV capacity comes from large scale installations greater than 5 MW, with 20 percent (2,498 MW) coming from small scale 0 to 4 kW installations.

Within the last two years, the largest increase in capacity occurred in March 2016 (1,253 MW), just before the RO was closed to 50 kW to 5 MW installations and before the final closure of the RO to grace period larger than 5 MW sites. Of the increase in capacity seen that month, 54 percent (680 MW) was seen in larger than 5 MW installations.


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