And Greater uptake of solar power led to generation in 2013 increasing by over one half compared with 2012.
Renewable electricity capacity was 20.8 GW at the end of the first quarter of 2014, a 15% increase on a year earlier. Two-thirds of the increase compared to the first quarter of 2013 was due to new, mainly large-scale, solar photovoltaic capacity.
This comes just as the Government is consulting on completely withdrawing its Renewables Obligation support scheme for solar farms above 5MW, and follows a 60% fall in costs since 2011.
Paul Barwell, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association, said: “These figures show how quickly the UK solar industry has developed to make a significant contribution to our energy needs.”
“Solar is a secure, home-grown solution to Britain’s twin crises of security of supply and spiralling energy bills.”
“The cost of solar has fallen by 65% since the coalition came to power. But if this Coalition Government holds solar back, we risk losing momentum on cost reduction and job creation. We are close to being subsidy-free – all we need is one final push.”