Latest figures from DECC's Energy Trends June release show that renewables continue to grow in the UK, accounting for a record 22.3% of electricity generation in 2015 Q1.
The strong growth of the solar power sector was evident within the report as generation from solar increased by 41% (0.3 TWh) compared to the same quarter in 2014. Recent installations of solar power have seen its capacity increase by 79% (1.4 GW) within a year.
Generation from onshore wind rose by 4.7% (0.3 TWh) when compared to the same quarter in 2014, and capacity grew by 12.1% (0.9 TWh).
There was also good news for the UK in meeting its Renewable Energy Directive target – where the UK has a legal agreement to source 15% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020 – as it met its interim target for the year of 2014, which saw the UK source 7% of its energy needs from renewables.
A recent report by the European Commission believed the UK was behind in meeting its target; however DECC's Energy Trends release shows this to not be case.