Over the course of last year the electricity generated from solar installations across the UK almost doubled, figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show.
The official data finds that at the end of 2014 solar generated almost 5 gigawatts (GW), up from 2.8 GW at the end of 2013. The latest figure is enough power to supply 1.5 million homes across the country, demonstrating the growth and widening reach of the renewable sector, and has been described as a “milestone achievement”.
The growth comes despite uncertainty within the solar industry, with larger solar farms being removed from the Renewables Obligation scheme, a government subsidy.
In response to the figures, Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, commented, “This milestone achievement is testament to the hard world of Britain’s thousands of solar businesses, almost of all of them small and medium sized companies, who are all at the forefront of a real solar transformation as the technology steadily become one of the cheapest sources of clean, home-grown power.”
He continued that solar is amongst the most popular forms of energy generation in the UK and that by 2020 solar could be cost competitive with gas and no longer need government subsidies. However, Barwell added that this could only be achieved if the government provides a “stable policy framework and a level playing field with other technologies”.
Several other organisations have also predicted that solar energy will outperform fossil fuels in the long term. Investment bank Citigroup has previously argued that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will be competitive with fossil fuels because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply.
Photo: Bernd Sieker via Flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Can You Maximize Your Profits While Investing Ethically?
Environmental Benefits of Living in Miami. Why Is It Worth Moving There?
5 Ways To Shift To Green Energy At Home
Advantages of Free-Range Farming for Eco-Friendly Consumers
What is Eco-Friendly Investing and How Can You Embrace It?
Green Software Ideas to Implement with an Offshore Development Team
5 Things Eco-Conscious Consumers Should Know About Private Wells
The True Environmental and Social Costs of Mined Diamonds
20 Incredible Facts Eco-Tourists Should Know About Dubai
5 Massive Benefits of Turning to Renewable Energy
6 Tips For Getting the Most from a Solar-Powered Home
7 Excellent Ways to Live a Greener Lifestyle in 2021
How the Property Industry Is Embracing Eco-Friendliness Across the Board
Sustainability in Construction: Methods to Mitigate Environmental Impacts
New Company is Driving ESG Infrastructure Development in Mining
10 Tips to Turn Your Next Holiday into an Eco-Friendly Celebration
4 Benefits of Commuting with a Bicycle as an Eco-Friendly Consumer
Some Important Facts about Eco-Friendly Glass Railings
Impact Proof of Stake Ethereum Mining on Power Industry Sustainability
7 Business Survival Guidelines All Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs Must Follow
- Features12 months ago
Eco-Friendly Interior Design Is Easier Than You Might Think
- Features10 months ago
Eco-Friendly Hacks To Create A Durable Shop For Your Home
- Energy6 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features5 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home