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Aberdeenshire among front runners in offshore wind, according to Uswitch report

Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in the North Sea near Blackdog. Picture by DARRELL BENNS Pictured on 04/06/2018

Aberdeenshire has been ranked second in the UK for regions with the most offshore wind installations, according to new research.

Price-comparison firm Uswitch has also analysed the increase in the number of new renewable installations across different local authorities over the last five years.

Aberdeenshire comes in fifth with an increase of 1,199 installations since 2015.

According to Uswitch, Stoke-on-Trent was top of the pile for the most renewable installations over the past 5 years, with the Staffordshire town undergoing an increase of 2,706, or 86%, with the change being largely attributed to an uptake in solar panels.

Stirling was the highest Scottish region, nearly doubling its total from 2,235 to 4,336.

The report also shows that solar panels were the most popular choice of renewable energy installations, with almost a million fitted across all local authorities last year.

Will Owen, energy expert at, said: “The UK is already a world leader in the amount of energy produced by offshore wind, but delivering 40GW of power by 2030 is an ambitious pledge.

“This summer has shown the challenges that come with managing a higher proportion of renewable power sources in the energy mix, and the National Grid will need a lot of investment to cope with power that ebbs and flows with the wind.”

You can read the full report here.

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