UK energy heavyweights SSE have announced they are now capable of producing over 1GW of electricity from onshore wind for the first time. The company says progress from sites such as Clyde, Griffin and Gordonbush in Scotland and Slieve Kirk in Northern Ireland have helped them make the landmark achievement.
Ian Marchant, SSE’s Chief Executive said: “Passing the one gigawatt 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.”
Having just 40MW of capacity six years ago, SSE commissioned over 300MW of onshore in the current financial year which means they can produce more energy from onshore wind than they do from hydro electric sources.