Renewable energy sources generated a record 27.9TWh of electricity during the opening three months of the year, a 10.2% year-on-year increase.

Renewables provided 30.1% of Great Britain’s electricity during the first quarter of 2018, nearing the 30.8% record set during the second quarter of last year.

Capacity rose by 4.2GW year-on-year to hit a record 41.9GW, with offshore wind farms accounting for 1.3GW of additional capacity.

Onshore wind farms accounted for 10.6% of electricity generation, with offshore turbines providing a further 8.5%.

More than nuclear

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director of the RenewableUK trade body, said: “These figures show that wind generated more than nuclear in the first quarter of this year.

“It’s good to see the Government announced a Sector Deal for the nuclear industry today, as that’s evidence of action on energy policy by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

“The offshore wind industry is also working on a Sector Deal with Government. We hope that will be agreed as soon as possible”.

Meanwhile, the sunny weather spell saw solar power hit a record high, briefly providing more electricity than gas-fired power stations.

Solar accounted for 27.8% of Great Britain’s electricity on Saturday 30 June, pipping gas’s 27%. A record 533GWh of power was generated by solar in the week between 21 and 28 June.

Duncan Burt, Director of System Operations at National Grid, said: “During the past 12 months alone, we have seen renewable generation records broken and we expect this trend to continue, as technology advances and we find new ways to accommodate and manage more wind and solar power on our network.”

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