New ONS figures reveal solar’s growing contribution to the economy

New figures published by the Office for National Statistics have shed fresh light on solar PV’s contribution to the UK’s green economy.

A statistical bulletin published today provides green economy data for 2015, revealing that total turnover from businesses involved in the low carbon and renewable energy economy in 2015 stood at £43.1 billion.

Approximately 1.3% of total UK turnover outside of the financial sector.


The ONS also estimated that solar was responsible for 6.8% of the 234,000 full time employees working directly in the green economy, equivalent to roughly 16,000 people.