Wiltshire a top performer with solar power

Wiltshire a top performer with solar power

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:42am 22nd November 2016.

League tables from 'Green Alliance' think tank show the county is moving up the list with its power capacity and use of solar panels.

Wiltshire is the second most improved county for solar power progress.

League tables that rank progress on the use of renewable energy in England and Wales over the past year, published by think tank 'Green Alliance', show that Wiltshire is not only one of the top improvers for solar power but it is also top overall for solar power capacity, with a total of 595 MW installed. That's enough to power more than 128,000 homes.

Figures at the end of last year (2015) showed Wiltshire was in third place, so this year's survey will be seen is an improvement.

The solar progress league table reveals that new solar power installations in the past year have been strongly concentrated in England's eastern counties, with the exception of Wiltshire.

Only Gwynedd, in north Wales, performed better beating Wiltshire to the number one spot for new solar.

The cost of renewable technologies continues to fall, with solar costs dropping dramatically in recent years, and onshore wind now cheaper than new gas plants. Renewables have become fundamental to the UK's electricity system, providing a quarter of the country's power in 2015. And, according to official government statistics, public support for renewables remains solid, above 76 per cent.

Top 10 counties for solar progress:

  1. Gwynedd
  2. Wiltshire
  3. Cambridgeshire
  4. Norfolk
  5. Lincolnshire
  6. East Sussex
  7. West Sussex
  8. Kent
  9. Derbyshire
  10. Cumbria

Among the places on the long list in Wiltshire to have introduced solar panels recently is Ludwell Primary School. The solar project, and gaining the funding, has formed a key part of everyday school life.

Read more on that project here: www.spirefm.co.uk

Ludwell Primary Solar School

Ludwell Primary school pupils under the solar panels

Hampshire doesn't feature in the top ten at all, despite Hampshire County Council releasing figures recently showing it has reduced its carbon footprint by more than a third in the last 6 years, cutting its energy bills by an incredible £2.9m.

Amy Mount, head of the Greener UK unit at Green Alliance, told Spire FM:

"Following the UK's ratification of the Paris climate agreement last week these data bring it home, showing that progress in tackling climate change isn't just about world leaders making deals - though they're very important."

"It's as much about the actions of communities and businesses here in the UK, who are gradually transforming our power system into one that's pollution-free and fit for the twenty-first century."

LISTEN : Why are league tables important?

Hear more from Amy Mount as she tells Spire FM's Mike Draper what the league tables mean to home owners and businesses in Wiltshire who've already invested in solar technology (click play):


See what the Green Alliance are all about here: www.green-alliance.org.uk

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