Over the past week, approval for the construction of over 300MW of new wind power capacity has been granted in Scotland and Wales – three times as much as was built during the whole of last year.
The three projects which recently received planning permission are at Scarweather Sands in South Wales, and Farr and Braes O’Doune in Scotland.
At Scarweather Sands, off the coast of Porthcawl, 30 turbines up to 108MW will be built for United Utilities and Energie2 of Denmark.
At Farr, south of Inverness, 45 turbines that can generate up to 112.5MW will be erected for npower renewables.
Lastly, at Braes O’Doune, near Dunblane, 50 turbines generating up to 98MW will be developed for Airtricity.
To date this year, 30 new wind energy projects have been given the green light, totalling some 770 MW in new renewable power.
An additional 1,700 MW of projects previously consented, on and offshore, are either under or awaiting construction, meaning that the UK wind industry has a total of 2.5 GW of approved projects, representing some 2.5% of the UK electricity supply when built.
Currently, the total installed wind power capacity in the UK is 770MW.