The solar trade body also estimates that there are 250,000 homes that have solar thermal hot water heating panels.
There is no official figure for the total number of solar thermal homes as many were installed before the Renewable Heat Incentive, but the Solar Trade Association estimates that there’s 775,000m2 of solar thermal in operation in the UK. Using a standard assumption of 3 m2 per domestic installation, that gives 258,000 homes.
Put the two solar technologies together and that makes over 1 million solar homes in all.
‘DECC’s latest data prove the British solar industry can deliver the large volumes of clean power we need, and fast. However, the data also show relatively poor levels of deployment of solar on larger buildings like schools, factories and warehouses, where this technology is particularly efficient and cost-effective.
‘We are very concerned that Government policy is now severely constraining growth across these prime rooftops. Worse, there is effectively no meaningful support now in the UK for solar schemes over 1MW in size. That cannot be right.’
Leonie Greene, Solar Trade Association