UK renewable energy installation makes great strides

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced figures indicating the country is well on course to meet its EU renewable energy targets.

Offshore wind capacity grew 60 per cent to 2.5 GW between July 2011 and July 2012 while onshore capacity increased by 24 per cent to 5.3 GW, says an update to the country’s Renewable Energy Roadmap.
Offshore wind power
DECC also highlights big capacity increases and cost falls for solar PV, which is added to the UK’s list of “key technologies” in the update.

DECC says total renewable power generation grew 27 per cent during the period in question, while the contribution of all renewables to UK electricity supply ran at more than 10 per cent.

The growth leaves the country on track to meet its 15 per cent renewable energy share target under EU agreements, says the department.

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