Rapid renewable growth in South West

Renewable electricity projects in the south west are increasing rapidly, according to a report from independent renewable experts RegenSW. The report, which shows that there were 2,451 renewable electricity projects […]

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By Tom Gibson

Renewable electricity projects in the south west are increasing rapidly, according to a report from independent renewable experts RegenSW.

The report, which shows that there were 2,451 renewable electricity projects installed in the past 12 months, and that a massive 97% of these were solar photovoltaic.

The ‘Renewable Energy Progress Report: South West Annual Survey’ however warns that recent changes in government policy have put growth on a broader scale at risk.

Merlin Hyman, Regen SW Chief Executive, said: “The sharp rise in solar PV installations is a direct result of the government’s Feed-in Tariffs, which were introduced in April 2010 and created huge interest. However proposed policy changes are undermining confidence and putting growth in all renewable energy sectors at risk.”

The renewable energy progress report collects together information on all of the known renewable electricity and heat projects in the south west.