In the past 12 months the south west’s renewable energy capacity has grown by 10 per cent, rising from 191 megawatts (MW) in the 2008 survey to 211 MW. For the first time since the survey was carried out five years ago, renewable heat – with annual growth of 37 per cent (14.6 MW) – has recorded a bigger annual increase than renewable electricity at just two per cent growth (2.89 MW).

Renewables grow rapidly with the right support: The increase in renewable heat is very encouraging news and a significant endorsement for Regen SW’s South West Bioheat Programme, which has been a major driver in helping to get many projects off the ground and raising the profile of renewable heat in the region. Projects such as the Lanoyce Nurseries’ boiler show how quickly we can get megawatts on the ground with the right support. We expect to see even bigger rises in next year’s survey as further large schemes are commissioned through the South West Bioheat Programme.


Published: June 2009