The UK’s wind energy industry is now employing more people than the coal industry, according to figures.
According to a report by RenewableUK, the renewable energy industry trade association, there was a 91 per cent increase in the number of people in full-time employment in the wind energy sector between 2007/8 and 2009/10. This translates as an increase from 4800 workers in 2007/08 to 9200 last year.
In comparison, the UK’s employment levels have dropped by 3.4 per cent in the same time period.
Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, said: “Two conclusions from the results of this remarkable study are immediately obvious: this sector has withstood the negative GDP growth of the UK recession and bucked the overall employment trend in a spectacular way by a near doubling of the workforce.”
Britain has 3.9 GW of installed onshore wind capacity and 1.3 GW of offshore power, with another 4.1 GW of both onshore and offshore turbines being built or fully contracted to do so, according to the RenewableUK report.