League table charts north south divide in renewables

Cornwall and the East Riding of Yorkshire are the top counties in England and Wales for installed solar and wind power respectively. That is the finding of league tables produced by think tank Green Alliance, with data commissioned from environmental consultant Regen SW.

The data confirm the strong north-south divide in renewable energy uptake, with northern England performing better on onshore wind capacity, and the south leading on solar. The City of London trails in last place. The full tables are available here.

Green Alliance has launched an online renewable energy locator, which charts progress in renewable energy across England and Wales. The locator is searchable by postcode, region, county and local authority.

Amy Mount, senior policy adviser at Green Alliance, said of the league tables, “The distribution of onshore wind and solar revealed by the league tables show that counties are playing to their strengths. Most of the wind power is clustered in the windiest sites, generally coastal areas, and anyone who regularly staycations will tell you the south gets more sun than the north.

“What this shows is that, while funding for renewables is constrained by national policy, developers are tending to favour the sites that maximise their technology’s potential. It also means these are the places which will suffer the drop in construction activity due to the current block on subsidy free wind and solar.”

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