Solar Heat in the United Kingdom

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Status of the Market for Solar Heat

Market Size and Trends

Solar Heat Collector Deployment Statistics 2006 to 2016[1]

Although solar thermal receives the highest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff (see section on Support Framework), the number of installations in the UK have been falling in recent years. In 2016, just over 10,000 m2 of solar water heating collectors were installed, down from 90,000 m2 at its peak in 2010 (Solar Trade Association, 2017), however figures from 2017 suggest that this decline has stopped.

Data on the contribution of solar thermal to the UK energy system is available from the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES). Since the launch of the UK Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in April 2014, around 8,000 domestic solar thermal installations have been accredited, which equates to around 22.5 MWh of solar thermal heat.

Typical Applications and Products

Main Market Drivers




Other Key Topics

Status of the Market for Solar Buildings

R&D Activities

Support Framework

Information Resources

  1. IEA SHC || IEA SHC || Solar Heat Worldwide Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 11 May 2019).