Wind farm developers are racing to install 1.2GW of onshore capacity during 2016 before the UK Government brings the curtain down on current subsidy arrangements, according to a trade body.

More than 50 projects are due to become operational this year, dwarfing the 400MW of capacity installed in 2015.

Six offshore wind farms that together could generate 2.6GW of power are already under construction.

A further five projects are due to get underway in 2016, adding a further 1.9GW of capacity.

When all 11 offshore wind farms are operational by the end of the decade, the UK’s capacity is expected to double to 10GW.

Warning over investment

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive at trade body RenewableUK, said: “Onshore wind is one of cheapest of all sources of electricity for consumers.

“Ministers need to give onshore wind projects access to the energy market. Without that, Britain will lose out on billions of pounds of future investment.”

> Read RenewableUK's announcement