Solar firm installs 100MW of UK capacity in a month

A renewable energy firm installed more than 100MW of solar capacity in the UK in December. Lightsource claims it connected 23 new sites, including 14 under the Feed-in Tariff scheme […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A renewable energy firm installed more than 100MW of solar capacity in the UK in December.

Lightsource claims it connected 23 new sites, including 14 under the Feed-in Tariff scheme and nine under the Renewable Obligations Certificate programme.

Last month the government confirmed cuts to financial support for domestic solar projects.

The company also announced it will install new subsidy-free sites which will see large-scale solar sites “hard-wired” directly into large power users – claiming to “comfortably” beat the retail price that customers are paying for electricity.

Nick Boyle, CEO of Lightsource said the solar industry has made “great strides towards a subsidy free environment”.

He added: “Despite the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the industry in recent months, we’ve seen a great many successes in 2015 and this latest round of connections is a great way for us to end the year.”

The company plans to connect a further 14 ground-mount sites totalling 92MW by the end of March, taking its total installed capacity in the UK to 1.3GW.