UK renewables generation soars as solar, storage space pipelines grow rapidly

Jul 13, 2020 06:24 PM ET
  • Generation from renewables in the UK soared in the initial quarter of 2020, main statistics reveal, as the nation's shovel-ready renewables pipeline continued to proliferate.
UK renewables generation soars as solar, storage space pipelines grow rapidly
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Official stats from the UK's Department for Business, Energy and also Industrial Strategy (BEIS), released late recently, show that in the very first three months of the year outcome from renewables sources reached 40.8 TWh-- a jump of nearly 30% on the 31.5 TWh renewables generated in Q1 2019.

Offshore wind was a considerable motorist in generating that figure. Generation from offshore wind sources expanded by almost 20% year-on-year, while the UK's solar fleet in fact produced less energy in Q1 2020 than it did in the first 3 months of 2019 owing to fewer sunlight hours, BEIS claimed.

A lot more analysis on the UK's Q1 2020 renewables figures can be continued reading PV Tech sibling magazine, Current ±.

BEIS' stats were launched after UK trade body Regen published evaluation of the UK's renewables and also energy storage space job pipe, which it claimed had expanded to a "big" 61GW adhering to a rush of new jobs going into preparation.

Of that 61GW, around fifty percent are offshore wind, suggesting the dimension of offshore wind ranches currently going into the planning process. Around 8.6 GW of utility-scale solar tasks are presently at various phases of preparation, Regen stated, with around the very same amount (8.5 GW) of power storage space additionally at the preparation phase.

Just less than one-third (18GW) of renewables and storage projects are taken into consideration 'shovel prepared', Regen claimed.

PV Tech publisher Solar Media's in-house market research team places the UK's utility-scale solar pipeline a little greater, at 9GW, with head of marketing research Finlay Colville suggesting there to have been a particular thrill of tasks entering the drawing board in current months. More than 600MW of new planning applications for solar farms were sent in the UK last month alone.

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