Clyde wind turbine exports electricity to National Grid

The first turbine at the Clyde onshore wind farm being constructed in South Lanarkshire by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has exported electricity to the National Grid for the first time.

On completion in 2012, the Clyde wind farm will comprise 152 turbines and will have a total installed capacity of 350MW.

SSE claims that it is expected to produce more than 1,000GWh of electricity in a typical year, and its construction cost is expected to be in excess of £500m.

Colin Hood, chief operating officer at SSE, said: ‘Clyde is an important project for SSE and for the achievement of wider renewable energy targets, and the first generation of electricity from the wind farm is a key milestone.

‘First generation at Clyde follows the first generation of electricity at our 156MW Griffin wind farm last month. Reaching these milestones illustrates again the increasing momentum in the delivery of SSE’s large capital projects.’