The UK’s installed wind power capacity has passed 6 GW for the first time.

The country’s capacity was pushed over the 6 GW barrier by the commissioning of turbines at Ormonde wind farm, operated by Vattenfall off the coast of Cumbria.

Maria McCaffery, chief executive of trade association RenewableUK, hailed the result as “a landmark achievement” and said it had generated a “great feeling of pride throughout the industry”.

The news was announced at RenewableUK’s annual parliamentary reception where the keynote political speaker was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

He said the 6 GW was “a significant milestone for the wind industry which demonstrates the increasingly important role that renewable energy is playing in the UK’s energy mix”.

Ormonde wind farm was built by Sweden’s Vattenfall in 2010 and to date 24 out of a total 30 turbines are operational.

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