Scottish Power Renewables secures consent to develop 288MW wind farm

ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) will construct the £400m Kilgallioch Windfarm, having received a consent from the UK government.

Proposed to be developed in south west Scotland, the onshore wind farm is estimated to have an operational capacity of 288MW.

The facility will feature 96 wind turbines and is expected to generate sufficient electricity to cater to the requirements of over 170,000 homes every year.

ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson noted that Kilgallioch will significantly reduce carbon emissions in Scotland and the UK, enabling the countries to meet their reduction targets.

“It represents a major investment in new electricity generation in Scotland, and will sustain hundreds of jobs during construction, helping to boost the local and regional economy in South West Scotland,” said Anderson.

“Prior to the construction work starting, we will look to engage with local businesses and suppliers, to see how we can get them involved in the project.”

The project is SPR’s second largest onshore wind project following the 539MW Whitelee Windfarm in UK.

Construction at Kilgallioch is projected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015 and will be completed in 2 years time; the project will have an operational life of 25 years.