Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has announced that its Clashindarroch wind farm in north east Scotland has generarated renewable electricity for the very first time.
The first of 18 turbines at the £62 million wind farm started generating electricity on Thursday 23rd January and the supplier, Senvion, is now preparing the other MM82 2.05 MW turbines for operation.
The wind farm, near Huntly, is the company’s second operating wind farm in Scotland, following the 18-turbine Edinbane Wind Farm on the Isle of Skye which has been operating for five years.
“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” said Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager. ““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.”
Clashindarroch Wind Farm is expected to generate over 110,000 MWh of renewable energy, capable of meeting the annual electricity needs of around 27,000 households and prevent the emission of over 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year