UK renewable energy to equal thermal by 2025

Renewable energy capacity in the UK could match that of the thermal sector by 2025. That’s according to GlobalData’s latest report, which predicts the installed capacity of renewable energy could […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Renewable energy capacity in the UK could match that of the thermal sector by 2025.

That’s according to GlobalData’s latest report, which predicts the installed capacity of renewable energy could reach 79GW by 2025, just 2GW less than the predicted thermal installed capacity.

It claims the renewables industry is set to quickly grow from the 11GW installed last year. Wind power is expected to be the major contributor, with an increase from 6GW last year to 53GW by 2025. Solar is also expected to rise to around 13GW.

With the growth in renewable energy generation, the report claims the nation could save around 8,003 tons of carbon by 2025 from just 608 tons last year.

The UK has a target of achieving 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.