Renewable energy is leading the way in the UK and for the first time has produced nearly a third of all UK electricity between April and June of this year! This is a new record for the UK and is up nearly 4.4 percent from the same period last year. This has been achieved with wind, solar and other forms of low-carbon power being responsible for 29.8 percent of the total amount generated in the second quarter of 2017, up from 25.4 percent in the second quarter of 2016.
This milestone was achieved primarily by the growing number of windfarms on land and around the UK’s coast which helped generate the growth of 4.4 percent from last year in electricity generation. The independent reported this “was due to both increased wind capacity and wind speeds as well as lower overall electricity generation”. Solar power was also a key player in this increase with the number of solar panels being distributed increasing at a rapid rate between 2011 and 2016 which now provide a significant source of power in the middle of the day to homes and businesses across the UK.
Significantly solar is a large reason the national grid went without coal power for 24 hours in April, the first time the UK has done without coal for a day since the industrial revolution! With these statistics its not hard to see why renewable energy should play a crucial role in the UK’s plans for future development.
Although renewable energy is making waves in the UK right now and is becoming more and more popular it did not get achieve this overnight. The UK has been improving its renewable infrastructure for the past couple of years and with these figures it’s terrific to see that nearly a third of the UK’s electricity is now being generated by renewables. The benefits of renewables are not limited to clean energy however as the independent is also reporting that “it is becoming an industrial success story, by attracting investment, creating new jobs and powering our economy” which is ultimately helping improve people’s lives.
Hopefully this success continues to grow within the UK and inspires more nations to follow the UK in adopting renewable’s as one of its main source of energy.