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Solar panel installations plummet after UK Govt cuts subsidies


Solar panel installations by homes and power companies have virtually ground to a halt after a series of subsidy cuts, latest Government figures show.

The UK’s solar power capacity increased by just 1.5 per cent to 13,500 megawatts in the past year – representing about 5 per cent of the country’s total electricity generation capacity.

This is the third consecutive year of very low installation following a series of cuts in financial support that ended with home panel subsidies being scrapped altogether in April last year.

By contrast, when financial support was strong, solar power installations soared by 85 per cent in 2014, 78 per cent in 2015 and 36 per cent in 2016, according to figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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