The south west’s installed renewable energy generation has grown by 15 per cent in the last year. Nevertheless the total installed capacity of 190 megawatts (MW) is still very small, and we estimate that only one per cent of the energy consumed in the region as heat and power currently derives from renewable sources.

Despite this small percentage, the carbon impact of renewable energy generation is significant and results in savings of 477,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Renewable energy sales in the region also contribute a third of the turnover of the south west renewable energy business sector, which supports 4,000 full time employees in the region.


Published: June 2008