Over a quarter of all UK homes to be solar-powered “within a few years”

Over a quarter of all UK homes to be solar-powered “within a few years”

A recent poll carried out on behalf of OVO energy, has found that the number of homeowners planning solar panel installations is set to rise.

According to the report, as it stands at the moment just 6% of homes have been fitted with solar panels. However, the figures show that just under 20% of homeowners are planning to fit them to their homes in the not so distant future.

This means that over a quarter of all British homes could be running on – and receiving all the benefits of - solar energy in the next few years.

The data also shows the reasons for staying with more traditional energy sources.

75% of UK adults don’t have any panels installed on their homes, of those some (13%) admitted they hadn’t thought about it, while others (16%) were not planning to stay at their current address long enough for the investment to make financial sense.


However, the main reason came down to price – almost a third (32%) saw the biggest stumbling block was the initial cost of getting panels fitted.

People might be put off by cost, but after the initial expense, solar panels have been proven to be extra efficient in paying for themselves – in terms of cutting energy bills and also allowing the householder the chance to be paid for the energy created.

Installations also vary in popularity in different areas across the UK and the survey suggests massive disparity from region to region.

Northern Ireland, for example, has some of the highest numbers of homes with existing or planned solar panel installations in the United Kingdom. Wales, on the other hand, has the lowest, with under 3% of all homes invested in solar panels.

Energy efficiency, financial benefits and environmental concerns are just some of the reasons why solar panels have sparked a lot of interest in recent years.

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MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

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Mark
Mark 01 Mar 2017

Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor 28 Feb 2017

I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

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Alan Read
Alan Read 28 Feb 2017

Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

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James Powell
James Powell 27 Feb 2017

This is a very good news.

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DanHumphreys
DanHumphreys 27 Feb 2017

It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

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Matt
Matt 20 Feb 2017

Is this fake news?

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Matthew Hollywood 07 Feb 2017

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CommercialTrust 30 Jan 2017

Hi Graham, Would be interesting to see the above figure calculated against an investment via a Lt Company /SPV structure and if the investor found themselves pushed in to the higher tax bracket. Mortgage...

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