Was the Feed in Tariff Just a Solar Flare? Guest Blog by Marcus Lippert

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for micro-generating renewable energy technologies has been a topic of controversy across the British media. This report will look beyond the discussions on the cost implications of the scheme for consumer energy bills towards benefits for country as a whole as well as beneficiaries within the different groups of the British society.

Based on a spatial GIS-based analysis, it will be demonstrated how Solar PV has spread across different parts of England and Wales and which areas benefit more than others. A correlation based analysis of Census data will link these spatial results to socio-economic aspects.

The paper will show, how different parts of the British society stand towards Solar PV and attempt to characterize owners of a PV-installations based on Census output data.

These findings are then put in context with current trends and other research papers in order to identify future trends as well as potential implications on British carbon reduction policies.

See a copy of the final paper – Solar Panel Uptake in the UK