Continuing progress in the construction of its large capital projects means that SSE now has over one gigawatt (GW) or one thousand megawatts (MW) of onshore wind farm capacity in operation for the first time.
Good progress made at sites such as Clyde, Griffin and Gordonbush in Scotland and Slieve Kirk in Northern Ireland means that more than 300MW of onshore wind farm capacity has been commissioned by SSE in the first nine months of its current financial year. SSE’s onshore wind farm capacity has increased from just 40MW six years ago, and now exceeds its conventional hydro electric capacity of 1,150MW for the first time.
“The safe and timely delivery of new assets is a key priority for SSE and passing the one gigawatt milestone for onshore wind farm capacity is a very positive development as we start the New Year,” points out Ian Marchant, chief executive of SSE. “With construction work continuing at sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we expect that our operating onshore wind farm capacity will continue to grow significantly in the coming months.”