DECC published it’s Renewable Energy Roadmap on 27th December 2012. The Renewables Roadmap sets out a comprehensive action plan to accelerate the UK?s deployment and use of renewable energy, and put us on the path to achieve our 2020 target, while driving down the cost of renewable energy over time.
For the first time ever Solar PV is included as a key technology to help the UK reach its target of 15% of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. In 2012, 3.8% of energy was generated from renewable sources. The current installed capacity of Solar PV is 1.4GW (since April 2010), which according to DECC’s predictions will rise to a minimum of 7GW by 2020 but could potentially increase to 20GW with cost reduction being the key factor in reaching the higher levels of installed Solar PV capacity. Germany currently has an installed Solar PV capacity of 22GW so the UK aim of between 7GW and 20GW by 2020 is by no means over ambitious.