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More than £15 billion-worth of renewable projects have secured planning permission in the past year with the bulk made up of proposals for new wind farms.

Glenigan's construction information research identified 801 renewable projects granted planning permission in the 12 months to July 2022 and 180 were wind farms with a total value of £12.3 billion.

Glenigan economics director Allan Wilén comments: “Renewable energy could not be higher on the political agenda, particularly given the need to boost Britain’s energy security following rising global energy prices and volatility in international markets.

“The government’s British Energy Security Strategy, announced in April 2022, set out an ambition to increase offshore wind capacity to 50GW by 2030; enough to power every home in the UK.

“The sector was already boosted by the commencement of the Sofia Wind Farm expansion in 2021 (Project ID: 19144506), but other major projects such as Dogger Bank (Project ID: 12391584) and Hornsea Three (Project ID: 16095470) could also boost sector activity should they commence on-site as hoped.”

Yorkshire & the Humber has the £3.5 billion Hornsea Project Three scheme and the £3 billion Dogger Bank project, but the largest number of approved renewable energy schemes are in Scotland.

Renewable Projects with Planning Approval in 12 Months to July 2022

Region Number Total (£m)
Scotland 152 3,235.7
Northern Ireland 93 87.7
Yorkshire & the Humber 78 6,753.0
South East 75 116.5
East of England 74 3,259.8
South West 73 123.4
East Midlands 63 429.1
West Midlands 54 152.3
North West 50 58.6
Wales 43 314.1
North East 35 729.4
London 11 8.8
UK Total 801 15,268.3

Source: Glenigan

Scottish plans

There are currently six Scottish offshore wind farms in operation valued at £889 million and research from Scottish Renewables shows that projects to deliver another 16 Giga Watts of capacity are in the pipeline.

Glenigan has identified 67 Scottish wind farm schemes worth a total of £2.5 billion granted planning over the past year. The biggest scheme is the £2 billion Seagreen Charlie Delta Echo (Project ID: 17065248).

The remaining £731 million-worth of renewable projects in Scotland are 43 battery storage schemes and 20 solar developments with the remainder some form of associated works.

Shining on East Anglia

Two multi-billion pound wind farms are proposed off East Anglia: the £2.5 billion Norfolk Vanguard development (Project ID: 18125707) and Vattenfall’s £400 million Norfolk Boreas (Project ID: 18349480).

However, 44 of the renewable schemes in East Anglia given planning permission in the last 12 months are solar developments. These schemes are worth £139 million.

The Burwell Solar Farm (Project ID: 19400133) is valued at £34 million and will meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 9,500 households, but 39 of the approved East Anglian solar projects are much smaller and valued at £1 million or below.

Big projects

Many of the projects with planning are starting to move through the procurement cycle and Glenigan’s market research has identified contracts awarded on 184 wind farms schemes worth a total of £13.7 billion.

With contracts awarded to Innogy on the Sofia Wind Farm and Aibel on Dogger Bank, the North East is seeing the most amount of work by value.

Wind Farm Projects at Main Contract Award in 12 Months to July 2022

Region Number Total (£m)
Scotland 51 3,867.5
South West 22 334.9
North East 20 6,704.9
Yorkshire & the Humber 19 1,526.1
East of England 14 410.0
South East 14 17.1
North West 11 430.4
Wales 10 254.3
East Midlands 9 42.2
London 7 63.7
West Midlands 7 27.2
Northern Ireland 0 0.0
UK Total  1130 17,083.9

Source: Glenigan

The largest number of schemes with a contractor attached in the last year are in Scotland. Mainstream Renewable Power are the management contractor on the £1.4 billion Neart Na Gaoithe Wind Farm in the Forth Estuary (Project ID: 12018666), while Viking Wind Energy has the same role on the £580 million Luggies Knowe Wind Energy scheme (Project ID: 11288527).

With a host of wind farm projects blowing through the system, this sector looks set to provide significant opportunities in the future.

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