UK closes in on half a million solar homes but solar factory shuts.

Solar Power Portal: “Over 495,000 homes across the UK are now solar powered, according to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).” “The week ending 15 December saw 10.88MW of capacity added to the grid, lifting the total number of <50kW installs under the feed-in tariff to 495,459. Almost 96% of those installs are in the sub 4kW domestic sector.
Commenting on the news, Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the Solar Trade Association, told Solar Power Portal: “It’s fantastic to think that, as the year ends, we’ll have achieved half a million UK solar-powered homes in the UK. STA staff will be contemplating that extraordinary milestone as they celebrate the New Year. Half a million homes have been achieved in three years. We want to achieve the next half a million homes in less than two years so that we can hit the big million in 2015.”
Solar Power Portal: “This week Sharp, the Japanese technology company, announced its withdrawal from solar production in the UK with the closure of its facilities in Wrexham at a cost of 615 jobs.
With just days to Christmas, workers have been told that Sharp’s plant in Llay in North Wales will be closing in February next year. The company will remain in Wrexham, producing microwaves, but the solar plant will close.”