Vattenfall’s onshore wind farm Clashindarroch in Scotland has generated electricity for the first time. Once fully commissioned the wind farm will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of roughly 27,000 households.
Clashindarroch wind farm in Aberdeenshire in north east Scotland is an 18 turbine wind project with an installed capacity of 36.9 MW. On 22 January the onshore wind farm generated electricity for the first time.
According to Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, “Vattenfall wants to build a wind business in the UK that makes a telling contribution to Scottish climate change targets, help keep the lights on and secure a robust Scottish wind power supply chain.”
“Generating first power from Clashindarroch is a significant achievement of which we are very proud. Building a wind farm of this size safely is a major engineering exercise and is testament to the skills and commitment of hundreds of people.”
“The community will benefit too as generating power for the first time paves the way for significant local community investment later this year.”
Turbine supplier Senvion will continue preparing the remaining 17 2.05 MW turbines for operation.
The £62million (US $93 million Clashindarroch wind farm is Vattenfall’s second operating wind farm in Scotland. The company also operates onshore wind farm Edinbane (41.4 MW) on the Isle of Skye.
In an average year, Clashindarroch will generate over 110,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy. This would be capable of meeting the equivalent annual electricity needs of around 27,000 households.
Vattenfall Operations in Scotland
Vattenfall sees further growth opportunities in Scotland. The total potential installed capacity of all of the company’s current onshore projects that are in operation, construction, planning and pre-planning stages, equates to about 0,5 GW.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.