The renewable energy industry contributed nearly one fifth of the UK’s electricity mix in the first quarter of the year.
New statistics from DECC revealed renewable technologies produced 18.1TWh of clean energy, a 43% rise compared to the same period in 2013.
Hydro generation rose by 78% on a year earlier – from 1.3TWh to a record 2.2TWh. Electricity produced from onshore wind increased by 62% in the first quarter to 6.6TWh while offshore wind rose by 53% to 4.4TWh.
Solar capacity stood at 3.5GW at the end of the first quarter this year, increasing its share to 17%.
The UK had installed 20.8GW of renewable energy capacity in the first quarter – up from 15% compared to the same time in 2013.
The news comes the same week Germany announced it saw a record output from renewables in the first half of the year.