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UK homes adopt green energy in record numbers in 2023. Amid rising energy costs, is the nation’s shift to renewables a beacon for a sustainable future?

In an impressive green shift, UK households have reportedly installed a record-setting number of solar panels and heat pumps in the first half of 2023. Data from MCS, the renewable technologies industry's official standards body, indicates that installations of these eco-friendly energy sources shot up by 62% compared to last year. On average, over 17,000 UK households embraced solar panels each month, as outlined by Energy Live News and The Guardian.

According to EcoWatch, the surge isn't limited to solar panels. Over 1,000 battery technology installations have taken place in British businesses and homes this year alone.

Gareth Simkins of Solar Energy UK commented, “In the spring, it was looking like we would have something like 215,000 MCS certified solar installations this year. But that was clearly an underestimate – I would bet on around 250,000 now.” He added, “Installing solar on your roof is one of the best home improvements you can make and more and more people realize the financial and environmental benefits.”

The UK's ambitious plans aim for a 70 gigawatt (GW) solar capacity by 2025 and 600,000 heat pump installations by 2028. Already, the first half of the year saw 17,920 heat pumps installed, aided by available grants.

Yet, a significant challenge remains. MCS points out a shortage in skilled installers. To achieve the heat pump goal, 50,000 trained workers are essential.

Positive trends continue as over 850 contractors received their MCS certification this year, surpassing 2022's numbers.

MCS Chief Executive Ian Rippin observed, “As the cost of energy continues to grow, we are seeing more people turn to renewable technology to generate their own energy and heat at home.” He stressed the need for further expansion and added, “More consumers have the confidence to invest in small-scale renewables now than ever, but we have to make that transition even easier.”

The UK boasts a small-scale renewable capacity of four GW, double the capacity of Europe's largest gas power plant near Pembroke, Wales.

Highlighting the larger mission, Bean Beanland of the Heat Pump Federation stated, “It is essential that the lowest-carbon heat becomes the lowest-cost heat, so that homeowners and landlords can justify the transition away from polluting fossil fuels.” He emphasized the importance of affordability and future funding for households to confidently combat climate change.

Samira is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, but deep inside, her heart is a nomad! She's a state champion debater, a public speaker, a scriptwriter, a theatre actress, but most importantly — A GREEN CITIZEN! She thinks of herself as a storyteller who thrives on enjoying the life at fullest and telling everyone the tales of life.

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