The key to unlocking the potential of commercial rooftop solar still seems elusive. Way back in 2012, whilst director at Eco Environments, we installed our first 250kwp system, fully funded (it was in fact 400kwp over two roofs). We thought the floodgates would open, free solar, reduced electricity costs, a nice green 'badge of honour', companies would rush to sign up. How wrong we were.
Fast forward to 2016 and of course there are some successful companies installing commercial rooftop solar, but as the stats show, it's still pretty small scale. Progress is being made though, six months ago, at Hyperion, we've helped Kingspan Energy recruit a senior sales person for rooftop solar in the UK, and we are currently working with SAG group in Germany to recruit a team for their rooftop solar division. Let's hope the momentum continues to build. More jobs, more solar, less Carbon.
“In order for solar PV to become attractive without subsidies there is a need to unlock deployment on buildings in the commercial sector,” the report reads. The UK market has typically been dominated by domestic installations, with utility-scale projects enjoying periods of concentrated deployment under the RO. Commercial-scale rooftops have struggled to live up to expectations historically, however the 50kW+ FiT band remains one of the most active under the new regime.