UK has two of Europe’s largest three onshore wind farms

Two of Europe’s three largest onshore wind farms are being built in the UK, according to a new top ten list from the European Wind Energy Association. ScottishPower’s Whitelee farm […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Two of Europe’s three largest onshore wind farms are being built in the UK, according to a new top ten list from the European Wind Energy Association.

ScottishPower’s Whitelee farm near Glasgow was runner up to Romania’s mammoth 240 turbine Fantanele and Cogealac farm. It has 215 turbines with a capacity of 539MW and is meant to be ready this year.

Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd farm in Wales was third on the list, with a mere 76 turbines but an expected capacity of 256MW, due to be up and running by 2016.

The EWEA says it is the most up-to-date list of the ten biggest onshore wind farms in Europe in 2012, which will make a total of 5.9TWh when completed – enough to power an average of 1.5million homes.

The new statistics show some of Britain’s projects are just ahead of two of Portugal’s largest existing onshore wind farms which have been running since 2008 and 2009.