Trina Solar says the UK solar industry could be set to boom this year, with an additional 2GW doubling its current installed capacity.
The company’s sales director Richard Rushin said new stability following the government’s announcement last year of a graduated degression timeline for incentive programmes would also see a revival in the residential and commercial sectors.
Speaking ahead of the Ecobuild 2013 event at London’s ExCeL, he said: “Now that a sensibly staged path to an industry fully independent of subsidies has been signposted, there is reason to think the impressive momentum of 2012 can continue or be exceeded through 2013.
“We have an understandable programme of rolling reductions over the next few years, offering manufacturers and installers stability that is the envy of the global solar PV community. A new installed capacity of 2GW is a realistic projection for the year.
“Applications until the official deadline on January 15 indicate a total of between 800MW and 1GW to be installed across solar farm sites during the first quarter as people look to benefit from the peak Renewable Obligation Certificate level before it is lowered on 1 April. But we also expect the reduced rate of 1.6 for ground-based arrays will enable expansion of the large-scale segment to continue through the rest of the year.”
Rushin will chair a panel at Ecobuild 2013, which runs from tomorrow to Thursday, to discuss the opportunities that exist for solar technologies to revitalise the commercial market.
He went on: “While solar parks have come to the fore recently, 2013 will also see a resurgence in residential and commercial installations thanks to the new clarity regarding Feed-in Tariff and ROC.
“What the industry has managed to achieve in the UK is a sustainable model for future growth. We are now very well placed to achieve the 20Gw of total installed solar PV capacity that DECC has indicated is technically feasible by 2020.”
Source - Trina Solar