Almost half a million UK homes are now fitted with a solar panel array, according to new figures.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed last week that as of October 27, 478,431 homes across the UK have solar installations.
These installations generate a cumulative capacity of 1.72 gigawatts (GW) – with an average of 7.77 megawatts (MW) installed every week since September.
The Solar Trade Association (STA), the trade body for the solar industry, argues that these half a million homes are now less exposed to the energy bill increases that are affecting households across the country.
STA chief executive Paul Barwell said, “People who are fed up with their energy supplier could do no better than to switch to supplying themselves with solar power on their roof.”
The STA’s ambition is for 1m homes across the UK to have solar panels on their roofs. If current installation rates of around 100,000 systems per year are doubled, the STA estimates this could be achieved by 2015.