There has been some positive, record-breaking news in respect of the renewable energy industry in the last few days. Apparently, for the first time, the likes of solar power, hydro, offshore and onshore wind and bioenergy provided 25.3% of the electricity in the UK during the second quarter of 2015.
There is also some more good news in so much as, for the first time, more electricity was provided using renewable energy sources than coal. We are sure that you will agree that this is welcome news.
Interestingly, in the second quarter of 2014, renewable energy only accounted for 16.4% of the electricity being used in the UK. Therefore, in the space of 12 months we have seen a huge increase in the use of renewable energy.
There was a rise of 114.8% in the generation of renewable energy by using solar power when comparing Q2 in 2015 with the same quarter in 2014. Electricity generated by offshore wind rose by 61.5% in the same periods, onshore wind by 70.4%, hydro by 27.7% and bio-energy that included co-firing increased by 26.2%.
It is still gas fired power stations that are producing the highest percentage of electricity at a figure of 30.2%. Nuclear power produces 21.5% and coal produced 20.5%. That leaves renewable energy in second place on 25.3%.
So, as you can see, the UK is benefitting significantly by using renewable energy sources to produce electricity. The increase in this type of energy being used to generate electricity was put down to more people having such energy sources installed and more favourable weather conditions i.e. sun, rain and wind.
Let us hope that we continue to see more installations of the likes of solar panels on both the roofs of houses and commercial premises. Furthermore, it would be good to see more solar farms being built. Collectively, these should go some way towards helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets by 2020.