The most powerful wind farm in Scotland, which will power over 22,500 homes and prevent the emission of 50,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, was opened today by Brian Wilson, the UK Minister for Energy.
Powergen’s 31.2 MW project, based at Bowbeat near Peebles, has 24 wind turbines. The towers standing at 75 meters high to the blade tip were built by Cambrian (Llandegai Industrial Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales).
Brian Wilson, Minister for Energy, said: ‘The fact that these 24 turbines can provide enough electricity to power half the homes in the borders is indicative of what will be possible once the renewables revolution really gains momentum and public support.’
‘Sixty people were employed at Bangor on manufacturing these towers and that is an example which I want to pursue from now on, with the work associated with renewables creating jobs in the UK. Renewable energy is not only a great source of energy but also a huge opportunity for British manufacturing.’
‘Scotland has its own special potential for renewable energy and I am committed to creating a manufacturing base to match. I particularly welcome that Cambrian will now expand their tower manufacturing capability to Arnish on the Isle of Lewis.’
‘The facilities at Arnish are ideal for this type of large scale engineering with good sea access and cranes capable of lifting the high tonnage structures. Thanks to the support of highlands and islands enterprise, the site will be brought into use within a short timescale allowing Cambrian engineering an early start to production.’