09 Jun Renewables provide over half of total energy in the UK
The renewable energy sector in the UK has passed a significant milestone, as for the first time renewable sources of energy produced over half of the country’s total energy supply.
Power generated from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of the UK’s total energy on June 7, which equated to a higher electrical supply from renewables than coal and gas-powered sources.
According to data from the National Grid, the body which owns power supply in the UK, solar panels produced around 7.6GW of electricity while wind farms generated 9.5GW of power.
Notably, offshore wind farms contributed to a tenth of the UK’s total energy on the day.
In addition, biomass generated energy made from waste wood produced 2GW of renewable energy, which was further complemented by a modest amount of hydroelectricity.
Blustery weather across Northern Europe has boosted energy output figures of wind farms across the region. Sunny spells have also contributed to increased output from solar facilities in the UK and Europe.