UK reaches 9 GW of installed PV power

A solar park developed by German-Chinese solar company Hanwha Q Cells in England.

The UK had 9,069 MW of cumulative installed PV capacity at the end of January 2016, according to the latest figures from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The country added 104 MW of new PV systems in January, down from 267 MW in December and up from 78 MW in January 2015. The numbers for January and December 2015 are provisional, however, and will be updated in next month's statistics. According to the latest numbers, the UK added 3,506 MW of new PV capacity in 2015, up 36.5% from the 2014, when the country registered 2,567 MW of new PV systems.
Of the cumulative capacity installed at the end of January, 947 MW is represented by PV plants with a power over 5 MW, while another 3,709 MW comes from PV plants ranging in size from 50 kW to 5 MW. Small PV systems up to 4 kW had reached a combined capacity of 2,382 MW as of the end of January. PV systems with a power range of 4 kW to 50 kW account for the remaining capacity.
The UK had 844,651 operational PV systems as of the end of January 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.

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