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21 May 2009 02:05:02

Scottish Power turns on largest onshore wind farm in Europe

Scottish Power turns on largest onshore wind farm in Europe
Scottish Power Renewables' Whitelee Windfarm, the largest onshore wind power project in Europe, has been brought online.

Initially, the renewable energy production facility will generate electricity for 180,000 homes, although this number will rise by 70,000 following the completion of a capacity extension.

The Whitelee power station makes use of 140 turbines to produce up to 322MW of electricity, enough to save 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Scottish Power is already scoping out a potential second extension, which could bring the wind farm's total capacity to nearly 600MW.

The £300 million facility, which is situated just 15km from Glasgow, is one of the first to be built close to a large urban centre.

Ignacio Galan, chairman of Scottish Power, said: "Whitelee is a milestone in the history of Scotland, not only representing the largest wind farm in Europe but also one of the largest in the world."

He was joined by Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond, who said that Scotland has the potential to generate up to 60GW of electricity from renewables - more than ten times the country's peak demand.

"Today we announce further investment, more jobs and greater progress of Scotland’s clean, green energy revolution," the leader of the Scottish National Party said.

Currently, Scotland generates the vast majority of its renewable energy from hydro-based sources (1,385MW) and wind (1,420MW), according to Scottish Renewables.



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