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UK reaches 8.31 GW of PV capacity

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The UK had 8,315 MW of cumulative installed PV capacity at the end of October 2015, according to the latest figures from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The country added 64 MW of new PV systems in October, down from 94 MW in September and 155 MW in October 2014. The numbers for October and September 2015 are provisional, however, and will be updated in next month’s statistics. The UK added 2,972 MW of new PV capacity in the first ten months of 2015. In the same period of last year, the country added new PV systems totaling 2,03 MW. The amount of capacity commissioned under the country’s Renewable Obligation (RO) program stood at 3,905 MW at the end of October, while the amount commissioned under the FIT scheme totaled 3,507 MW. Unaccredited PV systems accounted for most of the remaining capacity. The UK had 791,894 operational PV systems as of the end of October 2015. The UK aims to cover 15% of its domestic electricity demand with renewables by 2020. As part of this goal, the DECC aims to have 22 GW of installed PV capacity by the end of the decade.

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