Renewable Industry Welcomes Deputy PM’s Green Deal

RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable energy trade association, has welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister’s plans for a Green Deal, as an important step in maximising employment and business benefits in the renewable energy sector.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP said that he wanted to "focus on plans for a Green Deal to combine growth in the economy with a greener and more efficient way of using energy."

Commenting on the announcement Indre Vaizgelaite, RenewableUK Small Systems Manager said: "It is encouraging to see Government taking action on renewables and the environment. As an industry we look forward to next phase of the Green Deal which is expected to focus on the microgeneration sector. The UK small wind energy sector currently has more than 14,000 small systems installed but the Green Deal will be a great catalyst for further growth which in conjunction with more energy-efficient homes, will be vital in driving down our carbon emissions."

RenewableUK’s 2010 small systems market report revealed that the UK market stands at £17.2 million and the figure for UK manufacturing export revenue from this sector is £7.59 million.

RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 620 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind power has been the world’s fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.