Weekly statistics reflect stabilisation of the domestic market

The latest installation statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show the continued stabilisation of the domestic solar market in the UK.

For the week ending 17 February, 1,518 installations were registered in the 0-50kWp band, accounting for 5.65MW of new capacity. The latest week’s figures are slightly down on last week’s figures which stood at 5.92MW (1,609 installs). That means that since the 6 January, there has been an average 1,526 installs a week.

Predictably, solar installations in the 0-4kWp band continue to dominate the installation statistics with 95.6% of installs (1,452) falling within it. The continued malaise of the larger rooftop market continues to hang over the UK solar industry with just 26 and 40 installations registered in the 4-10kWp and 10-50kWp bands respectively.  

However, the STA’s solar PV expert, Ray Noble, has repeatedly stated in his presentations at the Restarting the Market series of solar roadshows  that the industry requires a steady market of 20MW a week (roughly 6,000 installs) in order to reach a market of 800MW a year.

The complete installation rates can be viewed here.