ScottishPower to develop two wind farms in Scotland with 165MW capacity

WCN Editorial Team 14 May 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Iberdrola’s subsidiary ScottishPower has announced the development of two wind farms in Scotland with a total power-generating capacity of 165MW.

As part of the project, ScottishPower has acquired the wind farm developments from 3R Energy and Mitchell Energy, which will be located near Douglas in South Lanarkshire, 35 miles south of Glasgow.

The project also includes repowering of the company’s first wind farm Hagshaw Hill, which was acquired back in 1996.

The wind farms are being developed at a total cost of more than £150m. Once completed, the wind farms, along with ScottishPower’s another 55MW project in South Lanarkshire, will take the total wind power to 220MW. The clean energy generated from the wind farms will be enough to power over 103,000 Scottish homes annually.

ScottishPower said that it has secured the planning consent to repower the Hagshaw Hill with up to 14 turbines, with a maximum tip height of 200m along with adding a 20MW battery storage facility and a grid connection.

The company will expand and repower the wind farm in two phases between 2022 and 2027, across existing and additional, which will increase the plant’s overall capacity to 65MW.

The overall project will also create 600 jobs during the construction phase and 280 permanent jobs could also be created.

ScottishPower CEO Keith Anderson said: “Onshore wind is a crucial tool in tackling climate change, and renewable energy is increasingly becoming the backbone of the UK’s power mix. As one of the UK’s leading renewables developers, ScottishPower is committed to investing in a green economic recovery that speeds up progress towards Net-Zero.

“Twenty-five years ago we took on Scotland’s first commercial wind farm, which helped to kick-start a clean energy industry that now employs a quarter of a million people in the UK. We see the regeneration of this project as a catalyst for launching a green recovery for the UK economy.”

The project is the third deal for ScottishPower’s parent company Iberdrola since this March. Last week, the company acquired Aalto Power, a French renewable energy developer for €100m ($108m).

Through the deal, the company acquired ownership of 118MW operational wind power in France and in March, it also acquired a 100% stake in the French offshore wind farm Saint-Brieuc. Being built at a total of €4.2bn, the offshore wind farm will generate 496MW.

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ScottishPower to build two wind farms in Scotland. (Credit: Unsplash/Matt Artz.)

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