ScottishPower gets consent for 288MW wind farm

ScottishPower Renewables has received consent to build a wind farm with up to 288MW of capacity in south west Scotland. The Kilgallioch wind farm is expected to have 96 turbines, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

ScottishPower Renewables has received consent to build a wind farm with up to 288MW of capacity in south west Scotland.

The Kilgallioch wind farm is expected to have 96 turbines, which could meet the electricity demands of more than 170,000 homes. ScottishPower said it would be the company’s second largest onshore wind project – behind the 539MW Whitelee wind farm.

The project is expected to create up to 250 jobs for the construction, with a total investment of more than £400 million.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Kilgallioch is a very significant renewable energy project that will make a major contribution towards both Scotland’s and the UK’s carbon reduction targets. It represents a major investment in new electricity generation in Scotland and will sustain hundreds of jobs during construction, helping to boost the local and regional economy in South West Scotland.”

The firm aims to start work in late 2014 or early 2015 and complete it within two years. It currently manages more than 1,200MW of wind power in the UK, having invested more than £1 billion in the last decade and plans to invest a further £1.3 billion in renewables in the UK.