REC applauds latest UK installation figures

REC’s Jan Jacob Boom-Wichers says that DECC’s latest PV installation figures show a ‘stabilisation’ of the UK market

Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has welcomed the UK’s latest PV installation figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

DECC’s monthly figures for May show a 6 per cent increase in installed capacity on the previous month as 14,039 installations (66.2 MW) joined the Feed-in Tariff scheme – 3.9 MW more than in April.

Jan Jacob Boom-Wichers, managing director, France, Benelux, UK and Ireland, REC Solar, said: “We are pleased to see that the UK market is slowly stabilising after the sharp drop in installations in March 2012 when the new support scheme took effect. We believe that the DECC degression model supports sustainable growth for the UK solar market as it delays cuts in FiTs if demand is lagging.”

He added: “To meet the 22 GW solar target in the UK by 2020, current levels of PV deployment will have to increase. We believe market growth could be stimulated through net metering in addition to longer-term visibility for solar customers and suppliers. We will continue to work with distribution partners and installers to make solar more sustainable in the UK.”