A wind farm in the north east of Scotland generated renewable electricity for the very first time yesterday, the Swedish energy firm building the project has revealed.
The £62mn Clashindarroch Wind Farm, near Huntly, is Vattenfall’s second operating wind farm in Scotland. This is the first of 18 turbines to start generating electricity and the supplier Senvion will continue preparing the remaining MM82 Senvion 2.05MW turbines for operation.
Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager said: “Vattenfall wants to build a wind business in Scotland that makes a telling contribution to Scottish climate change targets, helps 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 workers from Chepstow to Dingwall via Grangemouth.
“The community will benefit too as generating power for the first time paves the way for significant local community investment later this year and for the next 20 years or more.”
On January 22 at 14:40 turbine number 18 generated first power from a wind speed of 7.8 metres per second (17 mph). Vattenfall and turbine supplier Senvion continue commissioning work on the remaining 17 turbines.
In an average year, Clashindarroch Wind Farm 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 and make 4 billion cups of tea every year. Based on standard industry formula, Clashindarroch would prevent the emission of over 40,000 tonnes of C02 every year.
Vattenfall’s 18-turbine Edinbane Wind Farm, on the Isle of Skye has been operating for five years. Edinbane was the first wind farm that Vattenfall built in the UK.