ScottishPower Opens 12th Wind farm

Taking advantage of Scotland’s abundance of wind energy, Scotland’s major utility ScottishPower has officially opened their 12th UK wind farm, Cruach Mhor on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll after starting initial operations three months ago.

Glasgow, Scotland – July 9, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] An opening ceremony was hosted by the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Lewis Macdonald. The £22 million (US$40.8 million) wind farm has 35, V52 850 kW turbines from Vestas Wind Technologies, and should deliver close to 30 MW. It is the next step in the utility’s planned investment to add a further 800 MW of new renewables to their energy market by 2010, and to create a generation portfolio which has 20 percent renewable sources. Charles Berry, who is the executive director of ScottishPower’s UK division, said, “Cruach Mhor is an important element of our wind development program, and an example of utilizing Scotland’s abundant wind resources for environmental benefit. We recently announced a concordat with Argyll and Bute Council, and together we will now develop a strategy to build on the range of renewable energy technologies that will bring maximum economic benefit to people.” Up to 84 percent of labor and materials for the project was sourced through Scottish-based companies including Vestas Celtic of Machrihanish and Henry Boot Scotland. A habitat management program was also included in the wind farm development for the benefit of hen harriers, short-eared owls and black grouse. Almost 300 hectares of commercial forestry was felled with the aim of regenerating grassland, blanket bog and heath land habitats suitable for the birds. The plan is managed in co-operation with Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB and Forest Enterprise.

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