The analysis finds that the widespread roll out of solar PV has been slowed by a number of factors such as the lack of incentives for small scale domestic installations, complexity of funding, and planning restrictions. The majority of existing UK installations are small domestic panel, similar to France and Germany.
However, feed in tariffs in continental Europe have driven rapid increases in solar PV installations, with annual increases in excess of 300% in many countries during the first year of the tariffs availability. The coalition government recently announced plans to implement a full programme of feed-in tariff systems for electricity in the UK.
Daniel Guttmann, renewables director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said:
"The significant expansion that may be just around the corner will change today’s ‘cottage industry’ into a much more professionally organised sector. The PV market will become more sophisticated with more complex products and a greater focus on accountability for system performance.
"The industry will need to adapt and develop quickly to ensure that as much of the opportunity in terms of job and value creation is captured within the UK. Companies that have been successful so far have benefited from investment in order to fund expansion. Further investment will be required in order to train for and fund the rapid expansion expected. New entrants are likely to expand into the UK in coming years. We believe that this will be true across much of the value chain, but particularly downstream around installations."
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