The government of Wales together with several Welsh energy and environmental organisations have called on the UK government to support the development of onshore wind and solar in the country.

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths today urged the UK government to allow both technologies to compete with other renewables in Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction rounds.

Onshore wind and solar are currently excluded from competing for CfDs. 

Griffiths said: “We believe that lowest cost technologies, such as onshore wind and solar, present the best opportunities to manage the costs of generation to energy bills.  

“They also offer Welsh businesses and our rural economy the opportunity to be more resilient and self sufficient in a future outside of the EU. 

“A policy framework which enables the most affordable projects to continue to form the bulk of energy supply is fundamentally important to delivering our decarbonisation and prosperity goals.”

RenewableUK welcomed the call. R-UK executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Onshore wind is cheap power, so all UK consumers would benefit from new sites. 

“The Welsh Cabinet Secretary’s statement also highlights that onshore wind sites in Wales are an opportunity to boost Welsh industry and provide reliable energy to rural economies.”

Image: Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales (Vattenfall)