Scotland green lights two onshore wind farms

Plans to develop two new onshore wind farms have been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government. An 18-turbine project in Cloich Forest will produce power equivalent to the needs […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Plans to develop two new onshore wind farms have been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

An 18-turbine project in Cloich Forest will produce power equivalent to the needs of nearly 27,000 homes.

The 72MW wind farm is also expected to generate up to £6 million in community funding near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

Another 24-turbine Stranoch wind farm, with a capacity of 54MW, in Dumfries and Galloway is expected to produce enough electricity to power nearly 35,000 homes.

Scottish Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Secretary Keith Brown said: “Renewable energy sources generated more than 57% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015.

“The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been the key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low carbon energy and delivering significant community benefits.”