Europe’s largest onshore wind power project is being officially switched on today by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.
The Whitelee wind farm, of 140 turbines at Eaglesham Moor, East Renfrewshire, will produce up to 322 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough to power more than 180,000 homes and the equivalent of displacing the emission of 500,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Wind farm expansion planned
Mr Salmond also announced that plans to expand the site to raise output by a further 150MW – enough to power an extra 70,000 households – have today been approved. Further plans to grow the wind farm’s capacity by another 140MW are already being considered.
Mr Salmond said: ‘Today we announce further investment, more jobs and greater progress of Scotland’s clean, green energy revolution.
‘Whitelee in its current form is already flying the flag for onshore wind power in Europe. The planned extension, which I am delighted to announce today, will enable the windfarm to harness its comparative and competitive advantage in wind generated energy within Europe.’
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Final turbines switched on
The wind farm – full name Scottish Power Renewables’ Whitelee Windfarm – has been more than 10 years in the making and started to produce electricity in January 2008, and has helped to power the homes of the 500,000 people living within a 30km radius of Whitelee. Today sees the final turbines switched on.
Scottish Power is the energy company behind the project.
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