RenewableUK is highlighting the announcement by Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables that construction work has started in Scotland on one of the UK’s first subsidy-free onshore wind projects.Crossdykes Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway is expected to start generating power in September 2020. With a capacity of 46 megawatts (MW), the project will produce enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than 45,000 homes.
RenewableUK’s Head of Policy and Regulation, Rebecca Williams, said: “It’s exciting to see work getting underway on what will be one of the UK’s first subsidy-free onshore wind farms, with all the economic benefits that brings to local construction companies as well as consumers. Several other such projects are in the pipeline, but we need more volume if we’re to maximise the benefits of the UK’s cheapest power source and reach net zero emissions at the lowest cost.
“We need to see Government positively support the wider deployment of onshore wind: top of the list is allowing new projects to compete for Government-backed contracts to generate power. We also need to see measures to encourage developers to replace older wind farms with newer turbines, as it’s vital that we maintain our current capacity. So the time has come for new Ministers to set out a plan for onshore wind”.
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