Cumbrian Mear Moor wind farm now under community ownership

A Cumbrian wind farm is said to be the first in the UK to be transferred to community ownership from a commercial developer. More than 400 individuals raised £2.8 million in just two weeks to refinance the Mear Moor community wind farm. Energy Prospects, High Winds and Baywind bought the renewable project, with support from […]

EU wind power spending down 19% as costs fall

  Investments in new wind energy capacity in Europe fell to €22.3 billion (£19.8bn) last year. It was down 19% from 2016 as the sector saw reduced costs, according to the latest statistics from WindEurope. While offshore wind investments dropped by 60%, down to €7.5 billion (£6.7bn), onshore investments hit a record level of €14.8 […]

Welsh Government calls for onshore wind and solar support

The Welsh Government is urging the UK Government to enable onshore wind and solar technologies to compete in the renewable energy auctions. The Contracts for Difference (CfDs) scheme currently provides subsidies for technologies including offshore wind, marine energy and biomass. It excludes support for onshore wind and solar, which the Welsh Government believes could potentially […]

New UK wind energy company launches

A new player has joined the UK onshore wind energy market, with a portfolio totalling 690MW. Ventient Energy claims to be the third largest generator of onshore wind power in the UK, formed by combining 15 wind farms formerly owned by Zephyr and 19 by Infinis. The new company is headquartered in in Edinburgh, employing […]

Price of German wind down 10% on last auction

The price of onshore wind energy in Germany has fallen by 10% since the country’s last renewable auctions. The Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for regulating the energy markets, says the average volume weighted price quoted in this year’s bids was €4.02 cents (£3.58p) per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh), lower than the highest price accepted […]

Green Investment Group-GE to deliver 650MW of Swedish onshore wind

GE has partnered with the Green Investment Group to deliver and operate 650MW of onshore wind in Sweden. GE Renewable Energy will provide 179 of its turbines for the Markbygden ETT wind farm, with the blades equipped with an innovative ice mitigation system by LM Wind Power, ensuring a stable level of availability and reduced […]

Vattenfall to spend €200m on Dutch wind project

Vattenfall is to invest more than €200 million (£177m) in an onshore wind project in the Netherlands. The Swedish firm plans to repower and expand the Wieringermeer wind farm, replacing older wind mills with the latest technology, to a capacity of 180MW by 2019. It has also bought the adjacent wind farm extension, with an […]

Onshore wind ‘could save UK £1bn’

Outdated policies are blocking development of onshore wind, the cheapest new electricity generation technology in Britain. That’s the claim from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which suggests this could result in £1 billion of knock-on impacts over the next five years for consumer bills, climate change goals and businesses. The organisation suggests electricity […]

Largest onshore wind farm in Wales officially open

  The largest onshore wind farm in Wales has officially been opened. The Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project has a capacity of 228MW and will be capable of meeting the power needs of more than 13% of homes. It is also expected to reduce emissions by 300,000 tonnes every year. Developer Vatenfall said around […]

GE Renewable Energy unveils giant turbine

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its largest onshore wind turbine. The new 4.8MW turbine has a 158-metre rotor diameter, which it claims offers a significant improvement in annual energy production. It adds the combination of a large rotor and tall towers – at 240 metres – enables the turbine to take advantage of higher wind […]