Installation of renewable energy and heating on the rise 

Installation of renewable energy and heating on the rise 

MCS data shows that 2023 has outmatched every previous year on record for small-scale renewables. The latest data from MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), the standards organisation for home grown renewable energy and heating technology across the UK, shows that so far in 2023 a total of 220,500 MCS certified installations have been registered, beating the end of year figures for 2022. 

So far this year, there have been 183,022 certified solar PV installations across the UK, exceeding the 138,000 in 2022 by one third. 

Battery Storage has become the third most popular tech type to be installed amongst the MCS certified contractor base. At the end of 2022, there were 50 contractors certified to install the technology, and there are now over 850. Installations have seen a similar growth with 4,400 of the 4,700 certified batteries being installed in 2023. 

MCS data also shows that more than 35,000 heat pump installations have been registered between air source and ground/water source technologies. This figure brought the UK to over 200,000 certified heat pump installations in total since 2008.  

On the growing deployment of heat pumps in the UK, Charlotte Lee, CEO of the Heat Pump Association said: “It is promising to see this growth in the UK heat pump market and we celebrate that more and more homeowners can access low-carbon technology to keep their homes warm, comfortable, and energy efficient. 

“Whilst we are pleased that the BUS grant has been increased, we would encourage the Government to take further steps to demonstrate the national commitment to low-carbon heating. It is vital that the overall budget for BUS is increased to support greater heat pump deployment and to ensure it does not act as an artificial cap on the market. Other vital policy enablers include reducing the price of electricity relative to the price of gas and supporting contractors to cover the costs of becoming certified to install heat pumps, akin to the support offered in Scotland.” 

For near-real-time updates on installations, register free to use the MCS Data Dashboard and track trends in the uptake of small-scale renewables across the UK. 

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