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The latest estimations (November 2013) of the amount of installed PV power in the UK by the Department of Energy and Climate Change indicated that there are about 2.6 GW of installed PV capacity in operation, mainly concentrated in the residential and commercial market segment. Larger installations are also present but to a lesser extent. ... (Unhide text)
 
Residential systems can count on a quite swift procedure with minor and relatively few barriers in the installation process, as it takes between 2 and 4 weeks to complete the whole process.

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In most cases, solar PV is Permitted Development (PD), i.e. it can be installed on homes without needing to apply for Planning Permission. However, there are exceptions. PD is not permitted if the solar PV panel would protrude more than 200 millimetres beyond the plane of the wall or the roof slope when measured from the perpendicular with the external surface of the wall or if the highest part of the solar PV equipment is higher than the highest part of the roof, in the case of land within a conservation area or which is a World Heritage Site, where the solar PV equipment would be installed on a wall which fronts a highway, or the solar PV equipment would be installed on a site designated as a scheduled monument or the building is listed. A check with the local planning authority will confirm this. If confirmed as Permitted Development, the installation can proceed without submitting a Planning Application. If it is not Permitted Development, a Planning Application will need to be submitted (either on-line or in writing) with correct fee and necessary supporting documents.
 
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