I confess I have been watching the sudden rush of solar in my country of origin with interest, but things are likely to get a little quieter. While tumbling solar prices and generous subsidies have lead to a rush of installations, a surge of larger-scale developments ended abruptly after feed-in tariffs were scaled back. But, as I already noted in my post on how Britain's biggest solar farm was built in 6 weeks, the fiasco has inadvertently demonstrated how staggeringly fast renewable energy infrastructure can be deployed. This same argument is being made by James Murray over at Business Green as he searches for a silver lining in the feed-in tariff mess, noting that Britain added a huge amount of renewable capacity in one short month:
By our back-of-a-fag-packet calculations, the combination of a couple of 5MW solar farms and 10 to 15 slightly smaller installations means somewhere in the region of 30MW of solar power has been added in the past month as developers rush to meet the deadline. That increase in capacity is in addition to a further 34MW or so of solar capacity that has come online since the surprise review of large solar projects was announced in April.
Meanwhile, says Murray, rooftop installations for the second quarter of this year topped 14,000, a year-on-year increase of 432 per cent. And with IKEA still announcing major solar purchases in the UK, and one water authority installing "15 football pitches" of solar in London, it seems fair to say that British medium- and large-scale solar is not quite dead either.