Installations of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at UK properties have risen by 40% over the last five years, and by 15% in the last year alone, reveals a new study of government data by Logic4training. The study analysed the latest data from the Office of National Statistics on the number of solar PV installations in the UK and solar’s contribution to the UK’s energy capacity.
It found that renewable energy sources make up 47.7% of all electricity generated in the UK (as of Q1 2023), which is a new record and a year-on-year rise of 2.4%. Solar PV is now the second largest renewable energy generator (after wind power) that does not omit carbon directly into the atmosphere.
UK energy from solar PV is on the rise
Solar PV is one of the UK’s fastest growing renewable technologies, and provides 4.1% of all electricity generated, compared to 0.4%, 10 years ago. The study also found that solar PV represents 20% of new energy capacity (0.9GWH) since 2019, second only to wind power.
40% increase in solar PV panel installations
In-line with the rise in solar PV energy, installations of solar panels have risen by 40% in the last five years, and by 15% in the last year alone. Echoing this, Logic4training’s analysis of Google search data shows that online searches seeking information related to purchasing or installing solar PV panels has increased by 22% year-on-year.
Demand for solar PV training soars
With demand for solar PV on the rise, Logic4training has seen a large growth in interest and enquiries for its solar PV and renewables training courses, an 18-fold uptick over the last year, representative of the growing demand for work in the sector. Logic4training’s LCL Awards Level 3 Solar PV Installation training course is aimed at experienced electrical installers.