SSE breaks 1GW onshore wind barrier

UK utility SSE is generating more than 1GW of onshore wind farm capacity for the first time, outpacing its conventional hydro electric output.

The company – formerly Scottish & Southern Energy – has commissioned more than 300 MW of onshore capacity since April last year.

All of SSE’s onshore wind farms are in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and in particular three sites in Scotland – Clyde, Griffin and Gordonbush – and Slieve Kirk in Northern Ireland have helped to push capacity over the 1 GW mark.

SSE chief executive Ian Marchant said that “passing the one gigawatt milestone is a very positive development” and added that he expected capacity to continue to grow “significantly in the coming months”.

Meanwhile, SSE’s application to build an offshore wind off the Suffolk coast in England has been accepted by the UK government’s Infrastructure and Planning Commission. The plans for the Galloper wind farm will now be taken to a year-long examination process.

Galloper will comprise 140 turbines, generate up to 540 MW and is a joint venture between SSE and RWE npower Renewables.

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