Electricity generated by wind, solar and other renewable energy sources rose 50% during the past year.
‘Green’ energy now makes up a tenth (9.6%) of the UK’s electricity supply, according the quarterly Energy Trends report published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Last year, it was 6.3%.
Find out how you can generate energy at home with solar panels.
The DECC report compared the April to June period from 2010 and 2011.
It revealed that electricity generated using gas made up 44% of the UK’s electricity supply in 2011 – down from 53% last year. Nuclear energy contributed 21% and coal 22% to the UK’s overall supply.
Of the 9.6% renewable electricity output, wind makes up the majority (43%). Hydro power contributes 15% and solar panels and other renewable sources contribute 39%.
Generate electricity at home
If you’re considering generating your own electricity at home, we’ve got advice on installing wind turbines, ground source heat pumps and solar panels.
We also have top tips on how you can earn money by generating electricity at home through the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme.
- Check out our live solar panel Q&A
- Pros and cons of installing a home wind turbine
- Confused about energy tariffs? We’re campaigning for energy tariffs to be simplified