Half of Great Britain’s power has been produced from renewable sources for the first time.

Wind farms, solar parks and other renewables projects produced a record 19.3GW of power on Thursday 8 June.

The 50.7% total exceeded the output from coal- and gas-fired power stations combined.

When nuclear power was included in the figures, low-carbon’s share rose to 72.1%.

‘Need stable policy’

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of trade body Energy UK, said: “Today’s renewables record shows that energy companies are embracing the opportunity to deliver the affordable, secure and clean energy that consumers demand.

“We now need a stable policy framework that continues to encourage investment and an Industrial Strategy that promotes low-carbon growth.

“This will enable us to go further and faster in developing new low-carbon technologies at least cost to the consumer.”

> See Energy UK's statement in full