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28 Nov 2008 05:11:33

EU's largest wind farm in Scotland



EU's largest wind farm in Scotland
Europe's largest wind farm is now in Scotland, following the construction of the Whitelee scheme's 91st wind turbine.

The wind farm near Glasgow, now has a generating capacity of 209.3 megawatts (MW), according to developer and operator ScottishPower Renewables.

It has overtaken the 208MW Marachon wind farm in Guadalajara, Spain, operated by ScottishPower's parent company Iberdrola Renovables.

Construction has reached the end of the first phase, with the next stage set to add 50 turbines to take Whitelee to a capacity of 322MW.

And the company has applied for permission to install a further 36 turbines after that.

If permission is granted and the extra turbines installed, the wind farm will have a capacity of 425MW.

Keith Anderson, director of ScottishPower Renewables, said: "Large projects like Whitelee are essential if we are to meet challenging renewable energy targets."

He welcomed Chancellor Alistair Darling's extension of the Renewables Obligation to 2037, saying: "This commitment will greatly strengthen investor confidence in UK renewable industry and will directly benefit other big projects."

The UK's 2,388 operational wind turbines, with a generating capacity of 3,173.715MW are reducing carbon emissions by 1,172,850 tonnes, according to the British Wind Energy Association.


http://www.bwea.com/ukwed/index.asp


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