The number of people working in the renewable energy industry in the UK has edged up by 2.5% year-on-year, slowing from the near-9% growth reported just two years following the UK Government’s “bonfire of the policies”.

That’s the findings from the Renewable Energy Association’s (REA’s) annual “REView” document.

A total of 125,940 people were employed across renewable heat, power, and transport in the UK in 2015-16, with more than 16,000 jobs created in the electric vehicle and battery storage sectors.

The number of companies working in the renewables industry dropped by 5%, which the report blamed on cuts to solar power subsidies.

£17bn renewables industry

The renewable energy industry was worth £17.4 billion in 2015-16, up 3.5% year-on-year.

Nina Skorupska, the REA’s Chief Executive, said: “What is deeply frustrating is that this growth could have been greater.

“Government action is needed to ensure the opportunity to be leaders in technologies such as energy storage and decentralised systems does not slip between our fingers.”

> Read the REA's review