Scotland’s solar capacity has increased by 28 per cent in the past year alone, with almost 44,000 homes and 850 business premises now fitted with solar photovoltaic systems. According to December figures from regulator Ofgem, capacity in the country now stands at 179MW – a rise of 39MW on the same time last year. The data confirms the continuation of a remarkable surge for the country’s solar industry – in 2010, total installed solar capacity in Scotland stood at only 2MW. Regionally, Aberdeenshire continues to lead the way, accounting for over 10 per cent of the total capacity, according to the new figures. The counties of Fife and Highland are also Scottish solar hubs, while even Orkney has 337 solar installations. The vast majority of the installations are fitted on homes, accounting for 159MW of total capacity. Commercial properties account for 16MW, with solar panels installed on 854 businesses across Scotland. John Forster from the Solar Trade Association Scotland attributed the rise to Scottish building regulations, which support the installation of solar in new homes. However, further measures are needed to promote the installation of solar panels on existing homes, he said.
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The Scottish Government has been called upon to act as a catalyst for the uptake of solar power in Scotland, with new figures revealing that the PV sector rose by more than a quarter in 2015. WWF Scotland and the Solar Trade Association’s (STA) Scotland branch have published the new figures, revealing that total installed capacity of solar photovoltaics in the country had risen by 39MW – to a total 179MW capacity – representing a 28% increase from December 2014.
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