The renewables electricity sector has shown significant growth, with a strong pipeline of projects set for the forthcoming year. Significant growth is also forecast for renewables heat now that the RHI and RHPP are having an impact.
The Renewables overall contribution rose from 3.2% in 2010 to 3.8% in 2011. A reduction in projected energy demand in 2020 has resulted in the estimate of the amount of renewable energy required to achieve the 15% target being revised down from 234TWh to a new range of 223-230TWh.
Solar PV is seen as reaching an installed capacity in the range of 7 to 20GW by 2020, with the upper figure limited by the ability of the National Grid to accommodate the increasing PV capacity.
DECC has recently announced that the UK is on track to meet the first interim target on the way to the UK’s target of 15% renewable energy consumption by 2020. This is aided by strong growth in renewable electricity deployment over the last year (24% and 60% increases in installed capacity for onshore and offshore wind respectively from July 2011 to June 2012; 560% increase for PV in the same period).
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