A report released by The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) last month showed that in 2013 renewables accounted for 14.9% of electricity generated in the UK. This figure is up from 11.3% the previous year.
According to the report there has been a 30% rise in renewable energy generation to 35.7TWh. Solar technologies, such as Solar PV and Solar Thermal, contributed 3.3% of the total renewable energy generation across all sectors last year. Furthermore, heating from renewable technologies increased by 19% from 2012.
Ed Davey, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, commented on the report saying, “This massive investment in green energy is accelerating, with 2013 a record year, with almost £8 billion invested across range of renewable technologies. Having a strong UK renewable sector helps to reduce our foreign imports of energy, improving our energy security, as well as helping us tackle climate change and creating new hi-tech green jobs. A green energy future that once seemed impossible for Britain is fast becoming a reality,”.