Clyde Wind Farm

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Clyde Wind Farm
Windfarm at Beattock, taken from the M74.jpg
Clyde Wind Farm is located in Scotland
Clyde Wind Farm
Location of Clyde Wind Farm
Country United Kingdom, Scotland
Location near Abington, South Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°28′02″N 3°39′16″W / 55.46722°N 3.65444°W / 55.46722; -3.65444Coordinates: 55°28′02″N 3°39′16″W / 55.46722°N 3.65444°W / 55.46722; -3.65444
Status Operational
Commission date 2012
Owner(s) Scottish and Southern Energy
Wind farm
Type Onshore
Power generation
Units operational 152
Nameplate capacity 350 MW

The Clyde Wind Farm is a 350 megawatt (MW) wind farm near Abington in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.[1]

Planning[edit]

The 152-turbine project by Scottish and Southern Energy was approved by the Scottish Parliament in July 2008, and is capable of powering 200,000 homes.[2] SSE was given planning permission to build a wind farm with turbines built on either side of the M74 motorway.[3]

Construction[edit]

Construction of the wind farm, which was budgeted for £600 million, began in early 2009 and finished in 2012.[4] Welcon Towers Ltd won the contract to supply the towers for all 152 turbines for the £600 million Clyde Wind Farm. Jesper Øhlenschlæger, chief executive officer of Welcon Towers parent company Skykon, said: ‘The Clyde project is a very important business win for our Campbeltown manufacturing. Scotland has become the most positive and the most interesting renewable wind power market in Europe. The Clyde Wind Farm project represents a landmark phase in Scotland’s renewable energy strategy.’[5]

The farm was opened at a ceremonial ribbon cutting by First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond in September 2012.[6]

Extension[edit]

In July 2014 it was announced that Scottish ministers had approved an extension to the Clyde Wind Farm.[7] The extension will see 54 extra turbines, capable of generate an additional 162MW. This will bring the total generating capacity of the wind farm to 512MW.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ SSE Clyde Project website
  3. ^ Johnson, Simon (2008-07-21). "Europe's largest onshore wind farm is to be built in Scotland costing £600m". Telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Green light for massive wind farm". BBC News. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Well Done Welcon". The Campbeltown Courier. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Salmond opens SSE's Clyde wind farm". 
  7. ^ a b "Ministers approve two wind farm projects in Scotland". BBC News. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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