UK: Solar grows 93% in 2014 as renewables overtake nuclear

UK: Solar grows 93% in 2014 as renewables overtake nuclear

Official data from the U.K. government has confirmed that renewable energy contributed more to the grid than nuclear power for the first time ever in 2014.

The statistics show that renewables accounted for 19.2% of electricity generation last year, ahead of nuclear power, which generated 19% of the country’s electricity.

Total renewable electricity capacity at the end of the year stood at 24.2 GW, which was 4.5 GW – or 23% – more than a year previously.

Although solar PV’s share of renewable generation was a mere 6%, the industry’s participation in electricity generation grew a massive 93% last year, boosted by the 2.8 GW of solar PV capacity added over the course of 2014. Solar PV powered 3.9 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity. No other renewable energy source grew as fast.

The single biggest green electricity technology feeding the U.K. grid is bioenergy, which contributed 36% of the 64.4 TWh of renewable power in 2014. Onshore wind capacity accounted for 28% of the total, with offshore wind at 21% and hydropower adding 9%.

Source: PV Magazine

Date: March 2015

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