The UK feed-in tariff system, which led on to the 2013 Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, will have a long-term benefit in that it provided “an additional dimension” of competition among potential project sites that will help reduce future costs.

“It is my feeling that there are a lot of developers working on Round 2.5 and 3 projects that are warming up and keenly looking at the next couple of rounds of CfD,” says Leupold.

“I think the UK will now start to harvest the benefits from being an early mover — factories are being built [by Siemens and MHI Vestas] that can deliver volume to the coming projects and this in turn will have benefits to the UK consumer.