REA Comment on local authority feed-in tariff statistics – 27th July

  • Recent DECC data shows that an average of just 2.3% of UK households have solar installed
  • 10% of households in Mid-Devon have domestic solar installed.
  • The Merton rule can help increase the uptake of renewables on new-build properties.

Responding to the recent report on solar by KPMG, one of the key asks the REA has identified is the need to mandate solar PV on new build properties. The latest data from DECC highlights the importance of this, with just 2.3% of UK households having solar PV installed and therefore benefiting from lower energy bills.

The top local authority for domestic solar is mid-Devon, with but even this has only 10% of households having with solar PV installed. In terms of actual installations Cornwall is well in the lead with nearly 13,000 domestic solar installations, however out of the 245,798 households in the region this still accounts for just 5.3%. London is falling well below the national average, with over 3 million households and just 15,677 domestic solar installations, less than 1% of households have solar installed.

With the recent announcement that progress toward Zero Carbon Homes will be halted it is essential that more Local Authorities see the opportunity solar PV can bring to their communities and use ‘Merton Rule’ policies to drive-up deployment in their region. Over the next few months, the REA will be campaigning to raise the profile of the Merton rule and to ensure it is rolled out more widely.

APSE energy also highlights a number of initiatives that could be taken on the back of the Merton rule.

  • Local authorities working with the solar industry to provide independent advice on reputable MCS accredited installers within localities.
  • Comprehensive mapping of residential and commercial roofs to identify areas which could benefit the most from deployment of solar in a locality. Southampton City Council has been working with the University of Southampton to identify which parts of the city could benefit the most from the deployment of solar, and where there is capacity in the distribution network.
  • Local authorities can encourage social landlords to develop and implement solar PV schemes for tenants focussing initially on the most vulnerable tenants.
  • Supporting local supply chains for solar PV in order to promote economic development.

Solar Policy Analyst, Lauren Cook (REA) said:

“Increasing the uptake of this popular technology in the residential sector will reduce householder’s energy bills and make a significant contribution to meet the UK’s decarbonisation targets”

Director of APSE Energy, Mark Bramah said:

“This latest analysis by the REA shows that many areas of the U.K. are not benefiting as much as they could from the deployment of Solar PV on domestic dwellings. Local authorities can play a pivotal role in encouraging the greater take up of solar PV through advice, support and encouragement and setting an example on their own buildings and social housing stock.

Solar PV is one of the most easily understood, cost effective and beneficial forms of renewable energy in the U.K. and can help hard pressed communities to tackle the blight of fuel poverty, increase the role of residents in generating their own electricity and supporting local economies. APSE Energy supports the REA’s campaign to increase the uptake of domestic solar right across the country.”

–ENDS–

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Lauren Cook
Policy Analyst
+44 (0) 20 7925 3583
lcook@r-e-a.net

Notes to editors

About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)
The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and renewable gas. It is the largest renewable energy trade association in the UK, with approximately 750 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

Data taken from sub-regional Feed-in Tariff statistics, available here.