Siemens Power Generation has been awarded a contract by Scottish Power for US$440 million to deliver 140 wind turbines for Europe's largest onshore wind farm, the Whitelee Wind Farm located south of Glasgow in Scotland.
Construction began this week on the 322-megawatt (MW) Whitelee windfarm project in Scotland. The onshore windfarm -- with its planned 140 wind turbines -- is part of the country's aggressive goal to have 18 percent of electricity generated in Scotland come from renewable sources by 2010 and 40 percent by 2020.
Published results of an extensive study of the UK's wind resource reveal the UK has the best onshore wind resource compared to other countries, ultimately shoring up the UK Government's efforts to harness the wind's potential to help meet escalating energy requirements.
Wind developers and local authorities throughout South West England are being urged to adopt a pioneering new model of best practice in public engagement around wind energy developments, as Regen SW launches its Wind Protocol.
Scotland is well placed to meet its ambitious renewable energy targets, according to a report published by the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS). The report, by the Forum's sub-group on Future Generation, looks at the role and challenges renewable energy will face up to 2020. It confirms that there are no technical obstacles involved in connecting the required new generation to the electricity network, although there will be upgrades and new investment required.
Britain's wind industry reached a symbolic landmark as the 1000th commercial wind turbine in the UK was commissioned. Although still a modest achievement compared to Germany's almost 14,000 machines and Denmark's 6,500 turbines, the breakthrough is expected to be swiftly followed by the 2000th wind turbine.