Scotland’s newest onshore wind farm will be built subsidy-free but the rate of developing new projects will slow down without further support from the government, says SSE Renewables. It confirmed an 11-turbine extension to the existing 70MW, 35-turbine Gordonbush onshore wind farm. In a first for the renewable energy developer, the onshore wind farm north west of Brora in the Scottish Highlands is one of only a few onshore projects to get the green light in GB in recent years after government support was halted after 2015. SSE says the ability to progress Gordonbush Extension on a commercial basis demonstrates the quality of its onshore development pipeline and its ongoing commitment to onshore wind. However, Jim Smith, managing director of SSE Renewables, has warned that “merchant” investments are only possible for a limited number of the most attractive projects, and onshore wind won’t be deployed at the rate needed to reach Scotland and the UK’s net zero targets without intervention from government to provide revenue stabilisation.
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