Government subsidies driving demand for panels. Expert says fall in price removes need for feed-in tariff review.

This article titled “Surge in solar panel installations on UK household roofs” was written by Adam Vaughan, for The Guardian on Thursday 28th April 2011 12.50 UTC

Householders rushing to put solar panels on their roof in order to take advantage of government subsidies have more than tripled the amount of solar power in the UK over the past year, figures published on Thursday show.

The lure of making nearly £1,000 a year has led to a record 11,314 people, largely homeowners, installing solar panels in the first three months of this year. The ‘solar gold rush’ appears to have been driven by the introduction of feed-in tariffs (Fits) last year, which pay businesses, groups and individuals for generating green energy.

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