ROC cut hits UK PV additions

A PV installation in Cornwall, England

A PV installation in Cornwall, England

PV installations in the UK were hit hard in the second quarter of 2013 by a degression in the amount of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for large ground-mount installations. 

Overall installations in the UK dropped to 282MW during the second quarter, down from 520MW during the first quarter, according to market researcher NPD Solarbuzz.

In April, the amount of support given to large ground-mount projects fell to 1.6 ROCs per MWh, a significant adjustment from the prior level of 2 ROCs per MWh.

The 2 ROC level, alongside cheap Chinese modules, was responsible for sparking a solar boom in Britain that caught the government flatfooted.

The first quarter of a given year is traditionally the slowest for PV installations in Log in to read complete article.

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