In the first six months since the introduction of feed-in tariffs in the UK, over 11,000 generators have registered with the scheme, according to energy regulator Ofgem.
The scheme came into force in April this year and has, according to the latest figures, now 11,352 registered installations generating up to 44 MW, enough to power 35,000 homes.
The majority of installations are of small-scale photovoltaic solar panels, as predicted.
The figures were released in Ofgem’s annual review of its activities encouraging a transition to a low-carbon economy, Sustainable Development Focus.
The report also highlights Ofgem’s overhaul of network regulation with the implementation of the RIIO pricing model – Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs – which promises to deliver up to £32 billion of investment in the energy infrastructure.
The RIIO model is designed to drive companies to meet consumer, social and environmental targets in order to earn returns.
Ofgem has also outlined a set of five ‘Sustainable Development Indicators’, which cover areas from the transition to a low-carbon economy via use of renewables and combined heat and power, to promoting energy efficiency and saving, as well as monitoring fuel poverty.
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16 November 2010