Black Law Wind Farm
|Black Law Wind Farm|
Black Law Wind Farm with the Pentland Hills in the background
|Country||United Kingdom, Scotland|
|Location||near Forth, Lanarkshire|
|Commission date||September 2005, 2006|
|Units operational||54 Siemens 2.3MW turbines|
|Make and model||Siemens Wind Power|
The 42-turbine Black Law Wind Farm has a total capacity of 97 megawatts (MW), sufficient to meet the average electricity needs of 70,000 homes each year - or a town the size of Paisley - and is estimated to save around 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
The £90 million wind farm is located near Forth in Lanarkshire and has been built on an old opencast coalmine site which was completely restored to shallow wetlands during the construction programme. It employs seven permanent staff on site and created 200 jobs during construction. Scottish Power is expected to complete a second phase which will see the installation of a further 12 turbines.
The project has received wide recognition for its contribution to environmental objectives, including praise from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, who said that the scheme was not only improving the landscape in a derelict opencast mining site, but also benefiting a range of wildlife in the area, with an extensive habitat management projects covering over 14 square kilometres.