The UK is on track to reach its target of installing 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, according to new figures.
The UK Government is set to release the latest energy strategy on Wednesday and the UK has a large installed renewable portfolio.
The National Grid has estimated that around 2,400 megawatts of solar PV will be installed by 2020, up from around 2.4GW in 2020.
The energy policy also aims to increase the number of renewable energy projects to 3,000 MW by 2025, up to around 1,000MW of installed renewable energy.
In its report, the National Grid says that a third of the UK’s electricity demand is from renewables and more than half of the energy generated from renewable power is used in the grid.
Energy Minister Rob Wilson said the Government’s plan was “well on track” to meet the 2020 renewables target.
“The Government’s energy strategy is delivering on our ambition to reach 50% renewables by 2030 and we are on track,” Mr Wilson said.
“We are on course to meet our target of generating 30% of our electricity from renewables by 2025.”
Solar PV is now the largest source of renewable electricity in the country, and is projected to provide around 20% of UK electricity by 2025.
“Mr Wilson said it was important to recognise that solar energy could provide a large part of the future energy needs of the country.”
Our country has a very high renewable energy penetration of over 70%, but it’s still only about 25% of total electricity generation,” he said.”[It’s] the first sector of the economy to become completely electric, and we’re getting there very quickly.