UK Solar Panels market report
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For the purposes of this report, Mintel has used the following definitions. The report covers three main markets for solar PV in the UK: domestic, building mounted (commercial and non-domestic buildings) and ground mounted.
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV) or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect. As of 2017, there are no CSP plants in the UK and none announced, with the market monopolised by photovoltaics.
PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules which can be mounted on a roof. The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp), the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most PV systems are made up of panels on top of an existing roof, but solar tiles are also available.
Solar tiles are designed to be used in place of ordinary roof tiles. A system made up of solar tiles will typically cost around double an equivalent panel system, though there is a further saving on roof tiles or slates. Solar tile systems are not normally as cost-effective as panel systems, and are usually only considered where panels are not appropriate for aesthetic or planning reasons.
- British Solar Renewables
- Solar Century Holdings
- Lightsource Renewable Energy Investment
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The UK solar PV sector faces significant challenges as a result of government policy changes. However, the sector is expected to return to growth in a post-subsidy world as the cost of solar PV continues to fall, and more efficient and affordable battery storage solutions and more innovative finance and business models become available.
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