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26 May 2017

UK hits a new record for solar generation today - WWF comment

Commenting on news that the UK has today hit a new record for solar generation, with more than 8.75GW of power produced, Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Energy and Climate at WWF said:

“As we enjoy the sun, it’s great to learn that the UK just hit a new high for solar power generation.  Each record set by renewable power generation is another welcome milestone towards a cleaner, greener future for the UK. Solar power and other renewables are getting cheaper and more efficient as we install more of it around the country.  And it doesn’t just power our homes, but also our economy, with almost a quarter of a million people now working in the low carbon energy sector.”

“Whoever forms the next government after the election must prioritise a plan for reducing emissions from all sectors – electrifying our transport, and working towards more efficient homes and buildings  – with eight out of 10 British people in favour of clean energy, it is not only what the country needs, but is also what it wants.”

Notes to Editors

  • In 2015, an estimated 234,000 full-time equivalent employees were working directly in low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) activities in the UK, accounting for 1.0% of total UK non-financial employees.
  • The solar, offshore and onshore wind sectors combined accounted for 63.5% of all LCRE acquisitions in 2015.
  • 25% of electricity generation came from renewable sources in 2015
  • In 2016 UK coal use fell to its lowest rate since 1894
  • UK wind power generated more power than coal in 2016
  • Latest public attitudes survey found 79% of people in favour of clean and green energy