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Surge in solar panel installation

1 Sep 10 Record numbers of home-owners installed solar panels on their homes during August, figures from the energy regulator Ofgem show.

Record numbers of home-owners installed solar panels on their homes during August, figures from the energy regulator Ofgem show.

Some 2,257 solar panels were fitted to UK homes last month, compared to 1,700 in July, and 1,400 in June.

In April, the government introduced a new incentive for home-owners to fit solar panels through a feed-in tariff system. It enables them to receive 41.3p for every unit of energy generated, regardless of whether they use it or sell it back to the grid.

More than 6,688 homes have had solar panels fitted since the scheme started.

The system most commonly installed by home-owners comprises eight solar panels, costing between £10,000 and £12,000, which generate up to 2.5kw of energy. They would generate around £700 a year, according to the Energy Savings Trust.

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