‘1.2GW onshore wind to be installed in 2016’

Onshore wind developers are set to install at least 1.2GW of new capacity in 2016. Around 50 projects will be fully operational – enough to power more than 660,000 homes. That’s […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Onshore wind developers are set to install at least 1.2GW of new capacity in 2016.

Around 50 projects will be fully operational – enough to power more than 660,000 homes.

That’s according to RenewableUK which added the figures are more than three times the capacity installed in 2015.

It stated onshore wind construction is “under severe threat” as the government announced it will scrap support for this kind of projects from April next year.

Onshore wind projects going live next year will generate more than £913 million of investment in the UK’s economy during their development and construction phases, according to RenewableUK.

Offshore wind projects in construction will generate £5.9 billion of investment over the next five years.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “The UK’s wind energy infrastructure pipeline remains healthy in the immediate term, continuing to bring billions of pounds of investment to British companies across the supply chain and supporting 35,000 jobs.”