Renewables account for 79% of energy construction

AMA Research finds construction firms capitalising on the transition to renewable energy

Construction firms are capitalising on the energy transition with renewables accounting for 79% of energy generation construction projects during the last five years, according to AMA Research.

With gas and nuclear representing a combined 21%, solar represented just 4% of total value across energy related construction projects, indicating clear potential for future growth. 

Laura Pardoe, Product Manager at AMA Research and editor of the Utilities Construction: Gas and Electric Market Report, said it is an incredibly exciting time to be monitoring construction in the energy sector and charting the real time transition to renewable sources of energy generation.

“There has been a 70% increase in electricity generation from renewables since 2016; over the same period 80% of contract awards have been for low carbon options showing a clear direction of future travel,” she said. “Twin forces driving for energy security and carbon neutrality mean construction projects are focused on sustainable energy generation utilising natural resources.”

In the period 2016 to 2021(Q2), projects in the wind sector (onshore and offshore) made up just under half of all energy generation projects, by value, and 58% of all renewable projects. Increasing generation from wind and solar is the focus to further increase renewable generation to deliver on the net zero target by 2050.

While the bulk of generation needed is planned to be provided by renewables, there is also need for more reliable sources of power such as nuclear or power stations that burn hydrogen or gas with carbon capture and storage.

In 2020 UK electricity construction contributed 41% of total infrastructure work, an increase from 24% in 2019. Electricity construction output grew 66% year on year in 2020. Electricity is likely to remain a key driver of growth into the medium-term within the gas and electricity market as generation capacity is renewed and larger-scale renewables generation, particularly offshore wind and biomass, is commissioned.

Opportunities are booming on a global level as governments strive to meet net zero targets.

Ratch Australia, the Australian electricity generation company that is a subsidiary of Thailand power producer Ratch Group, recently secured planning permission for the construction of a 70MW solar park in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, in Australia.

Scheduled to become operational by 2024, the Morwell Solar Farm will be equipped with approximately 230,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules and installed across two sites totalling 170ha (420 acres). Click here for more details.

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