Scotland, UK With the commissioning its first UK wind farm, Eneco has declared a goal of “rapid growth” in the market. Another Scottish wind farm – a 17-turbine plant in Lochluichart – is already planned and the firm has development rights for a 900 MW offshore project near the Isle of Wight.
“Inauguration of the Tullo project puts us on the threshold of a period of potentially rapid growth in the UK,” said Eneco Wind UK’s director Guy Madgwick.
The £26 million ($41 million) Tullo plant near the village of Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire came on line on 29 September. Its seven 100-metre high Nordex N80 turbines are due to stay in place for 25 years, after which the site’s original state will be restored.
In its efforts to secure the local community’s support, Eneco has set up a community fund and conducted education initiatives. The seven turbines have also been named after local schoolgirls.
The West of Isle of Wight Zone, where Eneco has develoment rights for 900 MW wind capacity, is among nine development zones with a total potential capacity of 32 GW allocated by the British government in January to 12 European companies.
Eneco BV, based in Rotterdam, has more than 5,000 employees and supplies electricity to 2 million business and domestic customers in the Netherlands. The group owns and operates 20 wind farms, including Tullo, and aims to supply all its electricity from sustainable sources or clean fossil fuels by 2030. The UK offshoot is based in Warwick.