Industry proves its got the metal for 178MW wind farm

An international alliance of industrial businesses has announced plans for a new wind energy project. GFG Alliance is planning to build a 54-turbine wind farm with SIMEC Energy in Glenshero, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An international alliance of industrial businesses has announced plans for a new wind energy project.

GFG Alliance is planning to build a 54-turbine wind farm with SIMEC Energy in Glenshero, Scotland, combining a total investment of around £170 million.

It is expected to generate up to 178MW of renewable energy, much of which will be used by GFG Alliance’s aluminium smelter, planned alloy wheels factory and steel mills in the region.

The steel for the turbines is likely to be manufactured and fabricated at these nearby facilities.

Following investment being approved, the project will now enter a consultation stage with the local community and stakeholders, culminating in a planning application being submitted next year.

GFG Alliance has suggested there will be opportunities both for shared-ownership and discounted energy costs for local residents.

Jay Hambro, Chief Investment Officer for the GFG Alliance and Chief Executive of SIMEC Energy, said: “It would be built in an environment of zero subsidies, using steel rolled and finished in Scotland and then generate clean energy to support the Scottish metals industry.”