As we emerge slowly from a savage recession, one of the pressing challenges facing society is creating jobs. In this context, renewable energy is not just vital to meeting our climate change targets – it also presents a unique opportunity to secure investment, build great companies and create high-value employment.

The counties of the south west of England are well placed with excellent renewable energy resources to make the most of this opportunity. They provide a ‘test-bed’ to see what is working – and what the barriers are to progress across the UK.

This report sets out the renewable resources we have, the progress we are making in harnessing them and the lessons we can draw to increase the speed of deployment.


Published: August 2011