SSE hits 1GW of onshore wind capacity for first time

Progress on the building of its large onshore wind farms means 'Big Six' energy giant SSE has topped the 1GW mark for the first time.

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The company said today (January 3) that ‘good progress’ at its sites in Clyde, Griffin and Gordonbush in Scotland as well as Slieve Kirk in Northern Ireland meant more than 300MW of onshore capacity has been commissioned by SSE in the first nine months of this financial year.

SSE also said its onshore wind farm capacity has increased from just 40MW six years ago and now exceeds its hydroelectric potential output of 1,150MW for the first time.

SSE’s chief executive, Ian Marchant, said: “The safe and timely delivery of new assets is a key priority for SSE and passing the 1GW milestone for onshore wind farm capacity is a very positive development as we start the New Year.

“With construction work continuing at sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we expect that our operating onshore wind farm capacity will continue to grow significantly in the coming months.”

Luke Walsh

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