According to analysis carried out by National Grid, a combination of solar, wind and nuclear energy generated 52% of our energy in the summer of 2017. That compares with just 35% of energy coming from low-carbon sources in the summer of 2013.
Battery storage is set to make a difference to the future of solar power too. A new 10 MegaWatt (MW) solar farm, capable of powering about 2,500-3,000 homes is set to open today near Flitwick in Bedfordshire. Clayhill Solar Farm is equipped with 6MW of battery storage, maximising on the energy the farm can produce and storing up energy for the times when it is needed and the sun isn't shining. What is more - and highly significantly - it has been built without any government subsidy.
A separate report by Imperial College London shows that by 2030, the combination of solar power and battery storage is likely to be more attractive to consumers than staying with conventional 'on-grid' energy providers. So whilst we're still a way off being able to fully rely on renewable energy for all our needs, renewables are already producing more of our energy and may be leading the way in 10 to 15 years.
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