The value of the UK’s low-carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy grew by 5% in 2016 to £42.6 billion, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of LCRE jobs grew by 3.3% to the equivalent of 208,000 full-time posts.

Turnover in the solar sector dropped to £2 billion from £3.1bn following changes to subsidies.

Turnover from the wider low-carbon electricity generation sector tipped to £11.9bn from £12.5bn, with the number of jobs falling to 31,500 from 34,500.

Policies affect jobs

Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive at Scottish Renewables, said: “The rise in employment in the offshore wind and renewable heat sectors illustrates the huge boost to jobs and investment that is possible when technologies are given the right backing by Government.

“The decline in employment in the solar industry shows clearly the impact of cuts to UK Government support for the sector.

“We would expect that future editions of this ONS survey will show declines in other areas caused by similar decisions made at Westminster.”

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