Harnessing wind

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001

The UK's biggest wind farm could be built by Scottish Power some 16 km south of Glasgow. The company unveiled plans for the 150 million (US$210 million) project on August 1, 2001, comprising around 140 turbines with a capacity of 240 MW. It is the latest phase of a plan to install some 400 MW of wind power in Scotland over the next few years, making ScottishPower by far the UK's biggest wind farm operator. Full planning consultation for Whitelee is now underway and, if approved, the wind farm would meet nearly one third of the British Government's renewable energy targets for Scotland. Whitelee was selected following an exhaustive process to identify the most promising wind farm sites. It will cut annual emissions of carbon dioxide by around 500,000 tonnes.

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