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According to the latest statistics from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), battery storage installations rose by 707% year-on-year in March 2024, exceeding 1,000 installations for just the second month in the scheme’s history.

MCS’ research also outlined that 68% of the total battery storage installations in 2023 were completed in just Q1 2024 alone.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS stated: “As consumers become more aware of the benefits of installing battery storage alongside solar PV (both for lowering energy bills and for selling surplus electricity back to the grid), this is a technology that is going to become increasingly commonplace.”

Solar PV installations remained stable, with a total of 38,851 across Q1 2024.

Heat pumps record ‘second-best month’

According to Rippin, there were 4,508 certified heat pump installations in March alone, making it the “second-best month in the scheme’s history”.

Alongside this, there has been a 30% increase in average monthly heat pump installations compared with 2023, a year that was already regarded as the “best-ever year” for the technology, with more than 35,000 installations registered for both air source and ground/water source technologies.

In total, there were 51,665 installations in the first quarter, with Cornwall regarded as the best-performing area with 1,148 installations.

It is no coincidence that an increase in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant, which increased from £5,000 to £7,500 in October, resulted in average weekly voucher applications soaring from 331 to 1,172 in 2023. This momentum has continued into the new year and does not appear to be slowing down.

MCS also referenced ECO4, Home Energy Scotland, VAT reduction on battery storage, and many more elements that have helped deliver strong installation figures in Q1.

This article first appeared on Solar Power Portal’s sister publication Current±.