Solar photovoltaic industry in the United Kingdom - Statistics & Facts

In the past seventeen years, a significant increase was observed in the electricity production volume from solar photovoltaic power in the United Kingdom, amounting to 11,479 gigawatt hours in 2017. In addition, 215 thousand people had spent 4,000 British pounds or more on solar heating systems in 2015. That same year, 81 percent of respondents to a survey stated they supported renewable solar energy developments.

In 2016, the growing solar photovoltaic sector enabled the creation of new jobs in the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, a total of 9,000 people were employed in this sector in 2016, 7,500 of which have been employed in England. In addition, the direct turnover from solar photovoltaics reached 2 billion British pounds that year. By 2021, the gross value added from the solar photovoltaic industry is projected to reach nearly 1.1 billion euros.

The number of jobs in the solar thermal sector has been growing as well since 2010, accounting for 5,200 employees in 2013. The same year, the solar thermal sector recorded a turnover of 800 million British pounds.

Premises built between 1965 and 1982 made up the greatest proportion of households with private solar photovoltaic installations in 2014, at 29 percent. Mid-sized properties with a floor space of 51 to 100 square meters were most likely to have private solar photovoltaic installations, at 41 percent. Additionally, 50 percent of households with three bedrooms had solar photovoltaic installations in the United Kingdom in 2014.

In 2017, the cumulative installed capacity of solar photovoltaic power reached 11,222 megawatts in England. Nearly 115,420 sites generating solar power were located in the South West region of England, making it the English region with the most solar photovoltaic capacity. Additionally, an installed capacity of 3,180.7 megawatts was used to generate electricity from solar energy in that region in 2017.

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