Scotland approves two onshore wind farms

Scottish Ministers have given the go-ahead for two new wind energy projects that could power more than 100,000 homes in total. One is an extension to the existing Clyde wind […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scottish Ministers have given the go-ahead for two new wind energy projects that could power more than 100,000 homes in total.

One is an extension to the existing Clyde wind farm, located east of Abington, which will generate an extra 171MW, bringing the total capacity to 512MW.

The project is expected to cut carbon emissions by more than 180,000 tonnes every year and contribute £20 million to the community.

The other is the Dersalloch wind farm in South Ayrshire, which will have a maximum generating capacity of 69MW – enough to power more than 32,000 homes.

It is also expected to create around 120 temporary jobs during construction and deliver community benefits worth more than £8.5 million.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “These two wind farms will create jobs both in their construction and during their lifetime. [They] will create around £28.8 million during its lifetime – a remarkable amount for the local communities.”