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A busy year ahead for onshore wind developments - 4th January

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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, as developers rush to complete projects ahead of the subsidy cut off later this year.

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

Onshore wind projects going live this 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.” Adding that "Onshore wind is one of cheapest of all sources of electricity for consumers. Ministers need to give onshore wind projects access to the energy market. Without that, Britain will lose out on billions of pounds of future investment."

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