UK solar capacity grew by 545 MW in 2020
Solar Energy UK has produced a new report in partnership with Solar Media Ltd which states that the UK’s solar photovoltaic (PV) power industry delivered major growth in 2020, supporting the UK’s clean energy transition.
Last year – the first full calendar year of the UK’s subsidy-free solar era – saw 545 megawatts (MW) of new solar PV capacity deployed, according to new analysis carried out by Solar Media Ltd. and Solar Energy UK. A 27% year-on-year increase compared with 2019.
60% of the new capacity in 2020 came from ground-mounted PV systems. The remaining 40% was installed on rooftops, the majority of this located on commercial and industrial buildings.
Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett said: “These figures show that the government is playing catch-up in its understanding of the strength of the UK’s solar energy industry. Solar energy will enable people across the country to benefit from clean, cheap power for their homes and technology, such as electric vehicles.”
“We are delighted to launch this partnership with Solar Media, which will make it easier than ever to learn about the UK’s solar revolution.”