September 24th, 2012 by RenewableUK
RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the wind and marine energy industries, is celebrating the achievement of the installation of UK onshore wind turbines totalling a peak output of 5 gigawatts.
This wind farm will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 14,700 homes.
This project was funded by local residents and individual investors contributing sums as little as £5, generating returns for both them and the local community.
Reports in recent months have shown the value of renewables in protecting consumers against fossil fuel price shocks, as well as the value of wind in reducing carbon, and the potential for jobs and investment from the wind industry.
Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, said “I’m delighted that the landmark of 5 GW of onshore wind in the UK has been achieved.”
“The benefits of onshore wind for communities, bill-payers, workers and the environment are well-understood, with two thirds of the public supporting wind.”
“With the Great Dunklins project we’ve seen people demonstrating their support by choosing to invest in this key technology for the UK’s energy future.”
“With 8,600 people currently employed in UK onshore wind, the potential for this to double by 2020, and £100,000 of value going to the local community each year for each megawatt of onshore power installed, we need to ensure that we maintain this surge in momentum to deliver jobs, growth and clean energy.”