A great achievement in such a short period of time. When I joined the UK solar sector in 2007 there was next to nothing installed. The most impressive thing was that this was achieved against run of play. Yes, we had FIT and ROC incentives, and they without doubt helped to kickstart the sector, but we also had very high prices, very unstable and volatile policy support. We also had (have) a poor electricity network infrastructure in many places, and a government fixated on centralised energy, Nuclear and baseload. Without the need of financial incentive, if we can have fixed and positive policy support, and a modern mindset (if you were starting from scratch you wouldn't build a centralised system today), just think what can be achieved in the next 9 years!
According to Sheffield Solar, which records PV generation across the UK in an effort to help the transmission network operator National Grid keep track of intermittent energy sources, solar generated 61.7GWh on Monday 6 June. This was the second highest day of solar generation in the UK after 4 May, when 62.6GWh was achieved. Installed solar capacity in the UK is thought to have reached almost 12GW after Solar Intel revealed last month that 1.553GW was installed in Q1 2016. Much of this has come through utility-scale solar farms, which were being rushed to completion by 31 March when the latest degression occured in the government's Renewables Obligation support scheme.