Government survey reveals regions leading the way with solar energy powering homes

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26th May 2020 10:51 - Utilities

Government survey reveals regions leading the way with solar energy powering homes: A nationwide survey of households has shone light on those leading the way when it comes to green energy. 

The survey revealed that currently, almost 3% (2.96%) of homes across 371 local authorities are fitted with solar panels, with Peterborough coming out on top.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistics, 11.1% of the 82,000 homes in the Cambridgeshire cathedral city have solar panels installed. In second and third places were Stirling in Scotland, and Wrexham in Wales, with 10.1% and 7.3% respectively.

Other areas doing well with their green credentials and making up the top ten, include Boston in Lincolnshire (7.3%), Sunderland (7.1%), Colchester (7%), Taunton 5.6%, Stroud (5.5%), Doncaster (5.4%) and Plymouth (5.4%).

In contrast, London fares poorly in the survey, with 19 of the 20 worst local authorities in the table being in London. Of all the London boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea came at the bottom of the table, with just 0.16 households fitted with solar panels, followed by Tower Hamlets (0.2%), Westminster (0.2%), Hammersmith and Fulham (0.2%) and Camden (0.3%).

Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, the company which analysed data to establish which areas have the highest use of solar panels said:

“The UK might not be the sunniest place on earth, but the technology has improved enough over the past 20 years for it to be worthwhile anywhere in the country."

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