Posted on: 12/12/2017
A new report has revealed 43% of Wales electricity consumption in 2016 came from renewable energy – up from 32% the previous year.
The Energy Generation in Wales 2016 report provides an estimate of the sources of energy generation in Wales, the number of projects and installed capacity to the end of 2016.
The report shows there are now more than 67,000 renewable projects in Wales, up 23% since 2014.
Renewable energy capacity has increased by 47% since 2014, making up 18% of all electricity generation.
Solar PV is the most common renewable technology, accounting for 81% of renewable projects and onshore wind has the largest installed capacity of renewable technology, with a 54% increase in capacity since 2014.
In September, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths announced she wanted Wales to generate 70 % of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.
The Cabinet Secretary also set targets for renewable energy projects to have at least an element of local ownership by 2020 and for at least one Gigawatt of renewable electricity capacity to be locally owned by 2030.
“We are committed to accelerating the transition of our energy system in Wales, particularly through the increased use of renewable energy,” she said.
“By using our abundant natural resources in a sustainable way, we can ensure energy continues its important role in achieving our energy and decarbonisation targets. By doing so, we will deliver a prosperous and low carbon Wales.”