MCS has captured and been monitoring the uptake of small-scale renewable energy technology over the last 14 years. In their new landmark report ‘Renewing Britain: The changing landscape of home-grown energy 2008 – 2021′ they have analysed this data to highlight:
- Disparity of areas adopting domestic green energy has created rural ‘forests’ and urban ‘deserts’
- It would take over 250 years for small-scale renewables to reach every household at current rates
- The 10 local authorities with the lowest rates are all London boroughs
- Scotland leads the way, with one in five homes in Orkney opting for renewables
- MCS outline three key recommendations for government to support small-scale renewables on a national level
Their report shows the dramatic change in the landscape but crucially, it provides the market with insights to shape the future.
Ian Rippin, chief executive officer of MCS, commented: “Domestic renewables have come a long way since 2008, when just 43 MCS certified installations were made. The wealth of data at our disposal that we’ve distilled into this report paints an invaluable picture of the past to help inform our current path to net-zero.
The data speaks for itself: Britain is a divided country when it comes to the investment in small-scale renewables, with myriad factors affecting uptake. True change is happening at a local authority level; something which central government should learn from.
We need a carefully considered, long-term roadmap for the quick, broad adoption of renewables and the decarbonisation of our homes.”