FIT Installation Update – October to December 2014

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December 2014 saw installations under the UK Feed in Tariff scheme reach 560,825 and a total installed capacity of 2,988.46 MW. The fourth quarter of 2014 had 32,700 installations and 232.14 MW of added generating capacity. That’s the largest quarterly installation growth since the third quarter of 2012 and the largest capacity growth since Q1 of 2012.

Note: This report analyses Feed in Tariff data on confirmed installations up to 31st December 2014. The data analysed is based on confirmation date figures from Ofgem’s Renewables & CHP Register.

Growth in Installation Numbers Continues

In terms of installation numbers, Q4 was a strong end to a strong year. Q4 2014 saw 32,700 installations, a further increase on strong second and third quarter numbers and more than 33% up on the same quarter in 2013.

Solar PV has been, and remains the largest technology in the FiT scheme by far and 32,460 new installations was the strongest quarter of a strong year for solar PV.

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Quarterly Installations by Technology

Solar PV Wind Hydro Micro CHP Anaerobic digestion Total
Apr – Jun 2010 2,690 59 4 0 0 2,753
Jul – Sept 2010 7,702 594 103 5 0 8,404
Oct – Dec 2010 6,593 303 44 17 2 6,959
Jan – Mar 2011 11,204 289 41 78 1 11,613
Apr – Jun 2011 14,447 177 12 57 2 14,695
Jul – Sept 2011 35,020 306 16 97 4 35,443
Oct – Dec 2011 65,875 230 11 68 4 66,188
Jan – Mar 2012 99,863 318 22 36 2 100,241
Apr – Jun 2012 36,685 430 31 12 5 37,163
Jul – Sept 2012 43,306 414 34 30 9 43,793
Oct – Dec 2012 27,811 682 16 19 7 28,535
Jan – Mar 2013 20,542 505 19 19 11 21,096
Apr – June 2013 18,694 175 25 15 5 18,914
July – Sept 2013 25,743 141 23 9 10 25,926
Oct – Dec 2013 23,830 191 17 7 6 24,051
Jan – Mar 2014 22,405 185 26 4 15 22,635
Apr – Jun 2014 29,867 347 25 5 18 30,262
Jul – Sept 2014 29,208 199 31 2 14 29,454
Oct – Dec 2014 32,460 197 23 2 18 32,700
Total 553,945
5,742
523
482
133
560,825

 

Installed Capacity

Installed capacity under FiT continues to grow steadily. Q4 2014 saw 232.14 MW of installed capacity added across all technologies making it the strongest quarter since March 2012. As with installation numbers, every quarter in 2014 saw more installed capacity than the equivalent quarter in 2013.

Wind, which is dwarfed by solar PV in the number of systems installed, added 40.05 MW of capacity in the quarter. Impressively, just 197 wind installations created 23.63% of the added capacity achieved by solar PV. This is wind’s strongest quarter for installed capacity since the start of the scheme.

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Quarterly Installed Capacity (MW) by Technology

Solar PV Wind Hydro Micro CHP Anaerobic digestion Total
Apr – Jun 2010 6.64 5.25 3.27 0 0 15.16
Jul – Sept 2010 19.44 5.08 3.69 0.01 0 28.21
Oct – Dec 2010 18.50 2.74 1.68 0.02 0.67 23.60
Jan – Mar 2011 32.80 5.36 1.08 0.08 1.10 40.42
Apr – Jun 2011 43.66 5.22 2.91 0.06 3.19 55.03
Jul – Sept 2011 142.38 3.89 2.57 0.10 3.85 152.79
Oct – Dec 2011 329.46 6.72 2.72 0.07 2.81 341.78
Jan – Mar 2012 405.17 20.02 3.79 0.04 2.07 431.08
Apr – Jun 2012 153.85 16.11 3.72 0.01 4.01 177.69
Jul – Sept 2012 185.88 17.00 5.14 0.04 9.12 216.99
Oct – Dec 2012 146.81 14.23 3.55 0.02 4.56 169.17
Jan – Mar 2013 98.32 31.06 0.96 0.02 6.80 137.16
Apr – June 2013 99.46 17.62 2.24 0.02 7.70 127.03
July – Sept 2013 138.62 23.14 1.75 0.01 6.36 169.87
Oct – Dec 2013 127.45 20.54 3.57 0.01 2.29 153.86
Jan – Mar 2014 107.33 20.70 3.54 0 13.47 145.05
Apr – Jun 2014 149.78 27.68 1.42 0.01 17.80 196.68
Jul – Sept 2014 150.31 18.07 8.31 0 8.05 184.75
Oct – Dec 2014 169.52 40.05 9.67 0 12.89 232.14
Total 2,525.21
300.45
65.57
0.49
106.74
2,998.46

 

Renewable Installations by Technology

Q4 2014 (Oct – Dec)

When looking at installation numbers, solar PV remains by far the dominant FiT technology, as it has been since the beginning of the scheme.

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Technology Number of Installs
Solar PV 32,460
Wind 197
Hydro 23
Micro CHP 2
Anaerobic digestion 18

All Time

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Technology Number of Installs
Solar PV 553,945
Wind 5,742
Hydro 523
Micro CHP 482
Anaerobic digestion 133

 

Renewable Generation Capacity by Technology

Q4 2014 (Oct – Dec)

Solar PV also accounts for by far the majority of added generation capacity under FIT but other technologies are much bigger contributors in capacity terms than installation numbers. Wind, anaerobic digestion and hydro all had big quarters and added significant capacity. All three technologies have comparatively tiny installation numbers but installations generally have larger generation capacity than with solar PV.

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Technology Installed Capacity
Solar PV 169.52 MW
Wind 40.05 MW
Hydro 9.67 MW
Micro CHP 0 MW
Anaerobic digestion 12.89 MW

All Time

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Technology Installed Capacity
Solar PV 2,525.21 MW
Wind 300.45 MW
Hydro 65.57 MW
Micro CHP 0.49 MW
Anaerobic digestion 106.74 MW

 

Domestic vs Non-domestic

Q4 2014 (Oct – Dec)

Number of Installs Installed Capacity (MW)
Domestic 31,378 118.44
Commercial 1,192 101.39
Industrial 62 11.00
Community 68 1.31

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All Time

Number of Installs Installed Capacity (MW)
Domestic 540,887 1874.03
Commercial 16,645 965.56
Industrial 1,056 121.45
Community 2,237 37.41

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