Research has revealed there is an uneven solar distribution across the UK - despite the potential opportunities that exist.
The study, compiled by Green Business Watch, has ranked the UK's solar performance on a county-by-county basis, allowing homeowners to investigate the benefits of solar.
With potential savings and income from solar PV installations differing all over the country, residents and businesses can, for the first time, use maps to identify the potential savings and incomes that could be achieved by investing in solar.
The research found it was the Southern counties that lead the way, but also revealed the areas that fail to make the most of their solar resources.
Some of the key findings were:
- Solar irradiation across the South of England is strong, but areas such as East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey miss out - in fact, they have less solar capacity than might be expected.
- Wiltshire was the top rated county for installed capacity, even though it is neither the sunniest nor largest of Britain's counties. This came about even though Wiltshire was outside the top 10 for solar irradiation- this is due to the large numbers of commercial solar, which has helped to consolidate its position at the top of the rankings, and also highlights the opportunities that other counties are failing to take.
- It has been estimated that the domestic income and savings varied from £413 in Shetland to £655 in the Isle of Wight, (this excluded the Islands' extremes). The differences in solar irradiation and potential earnings is smaller than you may think - for instance, the sample locations in Angus (Scotland) has a predicted income / savings figure of £538 per year, which was less than southern English counties such as Bedfordshire (£561). However, this gap is only £23 a year.
- Other surprise entrants in the top 10 were Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, whilst Yorkshire and Greater Manchester were made it in.
The findings of the UK Solar Power County Rankings reveal the UK's solar uptake is still patchy, with some counties outperforming their potential, while others fail to take advantage of the available resources.
Alastair Kay, Editor at Green Business Watch said: “Solar energy presents an opportunity for property owners across the UK but there is a lot of uncertainty over what the benefits are in real terms and what the figures really mean for householders."
“If we as an industry are to keep solar growing, it’s essential that we help property owners to see what can be achieved using solar. We’ve put together the UK Solar Power County Rankings to give a complete picture comparing solar deployment and potential on a county by county basis.”
The UK Solar Power County Rankings allow us to see where our country ranks and how the opportunity and the take up compared with other counties around the country.
You can read the full list here: https://greenbusinesswatch.co.uk/uk-solar-power-county-rankings