By Kari Williamson

The 6 GW threshold was reached by the Ormonde offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria, which now has 120 MW operational.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, says: “This is a landmark achievement. There’s a great feeling of pride throughout the industry that we’ve reached a record high of 6 GW, and there’s a further 19.5 GW of capacity under construction, consented, or in planning.

“The Government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap is calling for 31 GW of onshore and offshore wind combined by 2020, and we’re confident that we can deliver this if we continue to get the right level of Government support.”