UK rooftop solar installations hit 12-year high

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The growth in low-carbon technologies is still falling far behind government targets.

The number of rooftop solar panels installed by UK households and businesses hit a 12-year high in 2023, figures from the industry’s official standards body show.

According to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), more than 183,000 solar photovoltaic installations were installed across the UK last year, exceeding the total amount installed in 2022 by more than one third.

The growth in small-scale rooftop solar panel installations reflects growing demand among homeowners in the UK to generate their own electricity in a bid to drive down increasing bills, the MCS said. Energy bills in the UK remained unusually high throughout 2023, triggered by the global energy crisis.

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