20 May 2009

Scotland opens Europe’s largest wind farm

Europe's largest onshore wind farm was officially switched on at a ceremony in Scotland today, making it a perfect example of how large-scale onshore wind farms can gain public approval.

Developers ScottishPower Renewables said the 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire would generate 322MW at full capacity and provide enough power for 180,000 homes, equivalent to the supply of the whole city of Aberdeen.

Planes of the Spanish woner company, Iberdrola, state an expansion to the site of a further 81 turbines with an additional 270MW of capacity.

The company has also invested in a £2m visitor centre at the site and pledged to open the wind farm to the public in the summer. It has also undertaken a project to remove non-native plants from the area as part of a project designed to encourage local wildlife and promote moorland regeneration.

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Source: Business Green

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