AES’s 28.6MW Scottish Borders project was operationalized recently helping breach the 5GW capacity milestone.

RenewableUK CEO Maria McCaffery said that the benefits of onshore wind for communities, bill-payers, workers and the environment are well-understood, with two thirds of the public supporting wind.

"With the Great Dunklins project we’ve seen people demonstrating their support by choosing to invest in this key technology for the UK’s energy future."

"With 8,600 people currently employed in onshore wind, the potential for this to double by 2020, and £100,000 of value going to the local community each year for each megawatt of onshore power installed, we need to ensure that we maintain this surge in momentum to deliver jobs, growth and clean energy," McCaffery added.