Installed capacity of wind turbines in the UK now over 6GW

Posted on 19 January 2012

RenewableUK, one of the trade associations representing the renewable energy industry, has announced that the country’s wind sector has reached a landmark 6 gigawatts of installed capacity – enough to supply electricity to 3.3 million homes.

The Scottish Government Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP said:

“£750 million of new renewable electricity projects have started generating in Scotland over the past year, and Scottish wind energy is already making a significant contribution to UK and EU targets.

“We are working closely with the UK Government to ensure electricity market reforms continue to maximise opportunities to capitalise on Scotland’s unique natural resources.”

The Chairman of Scottish Renewables, Jeremy Sainsbury said:

“We obviously join the renewables industry in celebrating reaching the 6GW mark and congratulate the Scottish sector in contributing almost 50 per cent towards this important milestone.

“It is clear that with Scotland’s 2020 target of generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of our electricity needs from renewables that we will continue to play a significant part in delivering capacity across the UK”.