Clyde Wind Farm

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Clyde Wind Farm
Windfarm at Beattock, taken from the M74.jpg
CountryUnited Kingdom, Scotland
Locationnear Abington, South Lanarkshire
Coordinates55°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
Commission date2012
Owner(s)Scottish and Southern Energy
Wind farm
Power generation
Units operational152
Nameplate capacity350 MW

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


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.[1] SSE was given planning permission to build a wind farm with turbines built on either side of the M74 motorway.[2]


Construction of the wind farm, which was budgeted for £600 million, began in early 2009 and finished in 2012.[3] 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.’[4]

The farm was opened at a ceremonial ribbon cutting by First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond in September 2012.[5]


In July 2014 it was announced that Scottish ministers had approved an extension to the Clyde Wind Farm.[6] The extension will see 54 extra turbines, capable of generating an additional 162MW. This will bring the total generating capacity of the wind farm to 512MW.[6]

See also[edit]


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

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