UK hits 10 GW milestone
Post date: 01/07/2016 - 08:50
The UK had 10,265 MW of cumulative installed PV capacity at the end of May 2016, according to the latest figures from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The country added 99 MW of new PV systems in May, up significantly from 13 MW in April and down from 128 MW in May 2015. The numbers for May and April 2016 are provisional, however, and will be updated in next month's statistics. The UK added 920 MW of new PV capacity in the first five months of 2016. In the same period of last year, the country added new PV systems totaling 2,691 MW.
Of the cumulative capacity installed at the end of May, 1,236MW is represented by PV plants with a power over 25 MW, while another 4,013 MW comes from PV plants ranging in size from 5 MW to 25 MW. PV installations with a power between 50 kW and 5 MW have a combined capacity of 1,690 MW. Small PV systems up to 4 kW had reached an installed power of 2,426 MW as of the end of May, while PV systems with a power range of 4 kW to 50 kW account for the remaining capacity.
The UK had 882,440 operational PV systems as of the end of Ma 2016.
The country aims to cover 15% of its domestic electricity demand with renewables by 2020. As part of this goal, the DECC aims to have 22 GW of installed PV capacity by the end of the decade.