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Onshore wind farm subsidy cut could jeopardise projects worth £6.4bn

Research has revealed that onshore wind farm projects worth a total of £6.4bn could be put in jeopardy after the government announced an early end to their subsidies.

According to data from Barbour ABI there are 338 proposed wind farms that are yet to receive planning permission. It said the announcement from energy secretary Amber Rudd that the farms won’t receive subsidies from April next year puts them at risk of incompletion. However the government has said projects that already have planning permission will have a grace period.

Barbour ABI lead economist Michael Dall said: “There are 5,000 active wind turbines already in use across the UK, producing five per cent of the total amount of national electricity. The Government has a target of 30% of UK electricity coming from renewables by 2020, and must believe that other areas of renewable energy should be prioritised over onshore wind projects to receive future subsidies and investment before the 2020 target year.”

“In 2014, the Government paid out £800M in subsidies for onshore wind farm projects and must believe the country now has enough turbines for the short and long term future.”

According to Barbour ABI, in 2014 a record amount of solar power projects worth over a total of £1.7 billion were awarded. Last year saw 611 solar power farms plans submitted for approval, compared to only three in 2010.

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