Solar Energy is growing fast

Category: General
Author: WMQ Building Services

Solar electricity almost doubled last year

Recent Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures show that solar electricity generation almost doubled over the course of last year, with almost 5GW of capacity at the end of 2014 - up from 2.8GW at the end of 2013. This is enough power to supply the equivalent of 1.5million homes.

The statistics reflect steady growth in the UK solar industry and rapidly falling costs, much of which is occurring in the large-scale solar sector.

This image is of some previous WMQ handiwork at Gargieston Primary in Kilmarnock, where a 20kw system (84 panels) was designed and installed.  

This means Britain now boasts over 650,000 solar PV installations across a wide variety of sites - homes, offices, schools, churches, warehouses, farms, police stations, train stations and even a bridge – Blackfriars Bridge in London.

The Bridge, opened January 2014, is an iconic solar landmark spanning the River Thames in the centre of London. The solar panels installed on the roof meet half of the station’s annual energy needs.

Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association commented: “We are now well underway to a million solar installations, of all shapes and sizes, across the country. This is a world class achievement and is testament to the hard work of Britain’s several thousand solar businesses, almost of all of them small and medium sized companies, who are all at the forefront of a solar transformation as the technology steadily becomes one of the cheapest sources of clean, home-grown power.”

Pictured below is Gargieston Primary School in Kilmarnock where WMQ designed and installed a 20kw solar PV system.

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