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UK solar capacity set to increase

Up to 600 MW of solar capacity could be added by next April despite cuts in subsidies.

Dropping costs for setting up utility-scale solar plants has encouraged investors to use Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

Although the returns through the program are lower than through other programs, their use allows utility scale developers to override the 5 MW limit of solar farms that is currently in place.

Renewable Obligation Certificates were introduced by the U.K. in 2002 to originally support the development of offshore wind farms.

Despite the low returns through the ROC program, developers are using the route to plan multiple large scale plants, which could result in the addition of around 600 MW of capacity over the next several months.