Mid Devon homes top solar panels table

Solar panels have been fitted to more homes in a part of Devon than anywhere else in England, Scotland and Wales, according to official statistics.

About 8% of homes in Mid Devon have panels compared with about 1.4% in England.

The figures showed 362,000 homes have installed solar panels in England, Scotland and Wales since April 2010.

Five of the top 10 areas for solar panels are in the South West, said the government.

Renewable energy organisation Regen South West said relatively high sunshine levels in the South West explained the figures.

Chief executive Merlin Hyman said: "You get a better rate of return if there is more sun.

"But I'm a little surprised to see that Mid Devon leads the table because the highest rates of return are on the coast where coastal breezes cool the panels and make them more efficient."

Consultants WSP Energy said in a report on the figures: "Live in Cornwall or south Wales and you receive much more sunshine than northern Scotland.

"The weather's better and also the sun's rays are stronger further south. So you'd expect these sunniest places to be the areas that have the highest number of installations."

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