The Renewable Energy Progress Report, published annually by Regen SW, shows that installed capacity in the region rose from 217MW in 2010/11 to 525MW in 2011/12. Renewable heat capacity increased from 91.5MW to 119MW over the same period.
Regen SW estimates that this investment in green technology now supports 10,000 people employed in that sector throughout the south west.
Merlin Hyman, Regen SW chief executive, said: “This has been an exciting year for renewables – but it could be just the start. Renewable energy is the greatest economic opportunity of the decade: lead the way and we will enable great businesses to develop, flourish and sell their technologies and skills around the world.”