Wind power tops 6GW of installed capacity

Britain's installed wind capacity has topped 6GW - enough to power 3M homes - for the first time.

In what is being hailed as a 'landmark achievement' new reveal the 6GW mark was reached by the Ormonde offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria, which now has 120MW operational.

The news was announced last night (January 18) at a reception organised by green energy trade association Renewable UK.

Keynote political speaker at the event was chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

Mr Alexander said: "This is a significant milestone for the wind industry which demonstrates the increasingly important role that renewable energy is playing in the UK's energy mix.

"Working together, we can reach even greater heights, we are eager to ensure that the UK becomes the natural home for the most innovative, ambitious and inspiring renewable energy companies in the world.

"We will continue to work with the industry to drive down costs and encourage even stronger growth in the years to come."

RenewableUK's chief executive, Maria McCaffery added: "This is a landmark achievement.

"There's a great feeling of pride throughout the industry that we've reached a record high of 6GW and there's a further 19.5GW of capacity under construction, consented, or in planning."

Luke Walsh


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