At Greenmatch, we like to keep ourselves updated on different news in the green sector. Therefore, we have decided to share some of them with our readers every month.
We have gathered some interesting news for you in October. Read and stay up to date on what is happening in the green energy sector in the UK.
In case you've missed reading our September roundup, you can find it here.
Renewable Electricity Overtakes Fossil Fuels in the UK for the First Time
New research shows that for the first time ever, electricity produced by renewable energy sources provided more electricity to homeowners and businesses in the UK, than energy coming from fossil fuels, in the third quarter of the year.
It is quite a significant step towards a greener future for the UK energy sector. It is the first time since the introduction of power plants in the UK (1882), that energy from other resources surpasses fossil fuels energy production. In fact, British coal plants will shut down completely by 2025.
The research of the last quarter showed also that Wind Power is the strongest source of energy in the UK currently, bringing 20% of the energy. Biomass plants come right behind with 12%, and solar panels contributed 6%.
Amazon Announces Three New Renewable Energy Projects, Including Its First in Scotland
Back in the summer, Amazon was one of the 700 firms targeted ‘for not reporting environmental information’. For this reason, they have taken actions towards minimising carbon emissions, by announcing three renewable energy projects.
One of the projects is going to be a wind farm with a capacity of 50 megawatts, which will be situated in Scotland. It is expected to produce 168,000 MWh of energy each year. The two others are solar projects in North Carolina and Virginia. They are expected to produce 500,997 MWh per year and start producing this energy by 2021.
All the three facilities will provide energy to Amazon Webservices data centres.
Amazon’s director of Sustainability claimed that: “the firm was committed to minimising our carbon emissions and reaching 80% renewable energy use across the company by 2024”.
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Tesco Partners with Green Investment Group for UK Solar Power
One of the biggest British groceries and general merchandise retailers Tesco, is teaming up with Green Investment Group, to install solar panel systems at many of their supermarkets across the country.
With this project, Tesco is aiming to generate 10% of its electricity needs onsite, and use 100% green electricity during the same period. As Jason Tarry, ROI CEO stated:
“Our supply chain and long term business sustainability depend on the health of the natural environment. Our customers and colleagues expect Tesco to play its part in caring for the planet. This project represents a major milestone in our journey to using 100% renewable energy by 2030”.
In addition to giving you an overview of October’s interesting green energy news, we at GreenMatch will also give you interesting news and articles about what happens in November.