North Yorkshire advances in renewable energy installations

Installer from Yorkshire-based contractor, IMS Heat Pumps, discussing renewable energy options for consumer’s home.

  • 1 in 10 households in North Yorkshire have an MCS certified renewable energy installation, including solar panels, heat pumps and battery storage.
  • North Yorkshire surpasses 28,000 MCS certified renewable energy installations.

According to data from MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), the UK’s quality mark for small-scale renewable energy, North Yorkshire has surpassed 28,000 certified renewable installations, putting it in second place in the UK – behind only Cornwall. This means 1 in 10 households in the local authority now have an MCS certified renewable energy installation, including solar panels, heat pumps and battery storage.

In 2024 so far, over 1,300 MCS certified renewable installations have been delivered in North Yorkshire – 954 of which are solar PV installations. Heat pumps are the second most popular renewable technology to be installed in North Yorkshire, with more than 370 MCS certified heat pump installations so far in 2024. In fact, North Yorkshire’s average monthly heat pump installation count for 2024 so far is 17% higher than 2023, highlighting that more homeowners are making the move to renewable technology by taking advantage of government incentives such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), which offers up to £7,500 towards the cost of installing a heat pump.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, said: “Our data shows that more homeowners across North Yorkshire are realising the benefits of renewable energy to heat and power their homes. MCS certified technologies, such as solar panels and heat pumps, are great way for homeowners to lower their energy bills, claim their energy independence and do their bit for the environment’.

“As consumer demand for renewables continues to grow across North Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, we need to ensure that homeowners have access to certified low-carbon systems such as heat pumps and solar panels, that are delivered by certified installers. This will ensure quality installations drive confidence in renewables, as we work towards a low-carbon future.”

MCS holds the most comprehensive repository of data on the uptake of small-scale renewable technologies across the UK on The MCS Data Dashboard. For near-real-time updates on renewable installations, you can sign up for free to The MCS Data Dashboard here.

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