Independent report highlights growth in renewable energy projects in Devon

The number of renewable energy projects in Devon has hit 1,717 new installations in a year, according to an independent report.

The latest Renewable Energy Progress Report, produced by Regen on behalf of Devon County Council, shows that in 2017 and 2018 that Devon had a total of 29,474 installations.

The vast majority of these – 60 per cent – were Solar PV roof panels, but they also include hydro, solar thermal, heat pumps, energy from waste facilities, and on shore wind farms – with an installed renewable energy capacity of 895MW.

Heat pumps made up most of the new heat capacity, with over 3.4 MW installed between April 2017 and December 2018.

The estimated total annual renewable energy generation for Devon area is 1,507 GWh. This is equivalent to approximately nine per cent of current total energy demand, including electricity, heat and transport, being met by local renewable energy generation.

North Devon and Torridge have the highest percentage of total demand met by green energy generation, as they are rural areas with a large amount of wind and solar generation respectively.

Some of these projects have been created by one of Devon’s 23 community organisations, more than any other county.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “This report from Regen is encouraging. It shows that the renewable energy sector in Devon is expanding.

“The data will help us determine where Devon should focus its efforts to deploy more renewables and will be considered by the Devon Climate Emergency Net-Zero Task Force as part of the creation of the Devon Carbon Plan.

“All of this activity enhances local skills, creates jobs, improves health and helps the environment. I would like to congratulate everybody, private householders, organisations and volunteers, for making these initiatives and projects such a success.”

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