Wind farms generate millions for the economy

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Onshore wind farms provided over £400 million worth of economic benefit into the North West economy in 2014 according to new figures. RenewableUK, the renewable energy trade association claim of that, £10.8 million will go directly into the local community as a result. There is currently nearly 300MW of onshore wind installed within the North West, powering over 150,000 homes each year.

“The British onshore wind energy industry is adding £906 million a year to the national economy, so the benefits to the UK are clear to see. This report also shows that onshore wind really does bring benefits to the UK – with £7 in every £10 spent on projects invested in the UK. Onshore wind powers local economies, bringing £199 million of investment into local areas where communities host wind farms, and creating jobs across the supply chain. The industry is helping to propel Britain to a brighter, cleaner future – onshore wind is already the lowest cost of all low carbon options, with potential to be the least cost form of electricity within the next five years.

– RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery