Lower wind speeds and less rain led to the amount of renewable energy generated in the UK dipping by 0.2% in 2016 to 83.2TWh, according to newly-released statistics.

The Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) revealed that renewables accounted for 24.5% of the country’s electricity generation during 2016.

The figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed that total renewables capacity increased by 16% to 35.7GW.

The rise was cancelled out by lower output from wind turbines and hydro-electric power schemes.

Solar soaring

Solar’s output jumped by 38% to a record 10.4TWh.

DUKES said: “This is the result of a large increase in capacity from both smaller installations supported by the Feed in Tariff (FiT) and particularly larger schemes supported by the Renewables Obligation.

“Although this increase in capacity has resulted in solar photovoltaics being the leading technology by capacity, its share of generation is fourth after onshore wind, offshore wind, and bioenergy.”

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