Consultants have been commissioned to build a database on every renewable energy project in the planning system in the UK. Entec has been asked by the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) energy group to produce the resource.

It will include any project with a capacity of greater than 10kW. Biomass, offshore wind, onshore wind, wave and tidal, photovoltaics and energy-from-waste facilities will all feature in the programme.

The project aims to help the DTI assess how well the UK is progressing towards the target of supplying 10 per cent of UK electricity from renewables by 2010. It is due to be published on the web by the end of the month.

"We are delighted to take on this project," said Jenny Gascoigne of Entec. "It allows us to draw on our expertise in both renewable energy and planning. Accurate monitoring is essential for the DTI to measure the UK's progression towards its 2010 renewable targets."