Solar Power

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average annual power output is for solar panels installed in the UK.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Holding answer received on 01 July 2015

The power output of solar panels will vary according to the amount of capacity deployed and the load factor at which these operate. At the end of May 2015, 7.3 GW of solar capacity was installed in the UK. From data on solar panels installed under Feed in Tariffs (covering Great Britain only), the average load factor of solar panels in 2013/14 was 10.4 per cent. Over 2011/12 to 2013/14, the average load factor was 10.2 per cent.

Source:

Solar photovoltaics deployment, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-photovoltaics-deployment

Feed in tariff load factor analysis, Energy Trends December 2014”, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-trends-december-2014-special-feature-article-feed-in-tariff-load-factor-analysis

To note that the capacity and load factor figures given above should not be multiplied to give an annual average power output, since not all would have been installed at the beginning of the year.

To note that the capacity and load factor figures given above should not be multiplied to give an annual average power output, since not all would have been installed at the beginning of the year.

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