Construction work is set to begin on what is believed to be the UK’s first subsidy free onshore wind farm, after developer Energiekontor announced it has reached financial close on its 8.2MW Withernwick II extension project in Yorkshire. The company confirmed yesterday that it has secured a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with an unnamed consumer goods brand, allowing it to proceed with the project. The project represents a major milestone for the UK onshore wind energy market, which has faced a development hiatus over the past year following the government’s decision to block onshore projects from competing for clean energy price support contracts. A number of developers have responded by seeking PPA contracts with large corporate customers and Energiekontor believes the Withernwick II project is the first to make it to the construction phase without any form of government support.
Business Green 22nd May 2018 read more »