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Wind farm pushes total capacity over 6GW

The offshore wind farm, off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness, has helped push the UK’s total wind farm capacity over the 6GW mark.

The figure, enough to supply electricity to 3,354,893 homes, has reached via the windfarm’s 24 commissioned (from a total of 30) turbines.

New offshore wind capacity at Ormonde and the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm accounted for two-thirds of all new renewable energy capacity installed in the UK last year.

Furthermore, Over 19 GW of capacity is currently under construction, consented, or in the planning stages.

Danny Alexander MP, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “This is a significant milestone for the wind industry which demonstrates the increasingly important role that renewable energy is playing in the U.K.’s energy mix.”

 “We are eager to ensure that the U.K. becomes the natural home for the most innovative, ambitious and inspiring renewable energy companies in the world, and we will continue to work with the industry to drive down costs and encourage even stronger growth in the years to come”.

The government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap calls for 31 GW of onshore and offshore wind by 2020, and a total renewable target of 15 percent by 2020.

Scotland’s own target of generating 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewables by 2020 will include 5 GW of its own offshore wind resources.