Wind of change in East Ren

Official opening of ScottishPower's Middleton wind farm.'''Picture by Chris James 4/9/13
Official opening of ScottishPower's Middleton wind farm.'''Picture by Chris James 4/9/13

MIDDLETON windfarm officially opened yesterday, following its completion earlier this year.

The windfarm consists of six Gamesa G80 turbines and can generate up to 12 megawatts of electricity — enough renewable energy to meet the average electricity demands of more than 6,000 homes each year.

The £23 million project supported more than 40 jobs during its 12 month construction period.

The official opening was attended by East Renfrewshire provost Alistair Carmichael, as well project teams from the main contractors Farrans, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services and Gamesa.

Planning consent was approved in August 2011 after being developed by RWE npower Renewables, and was acquired by ScottishPower Renewables in December 2011.

Simon Christian, UK managing director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Through our existing Whitelee Windfarm located nearby, the largest of its kind in the UK, we have already donated more than £1 million of support to local projects. With the addition of Middleton, a further £750,000 of funding will be provided over the site’s 25 year operational life.

“We are also delighted that more than 40 jobs were supported throughout the construction period, with the operation of the site expected to continue to create opportunities for local people and businesses for decades to come.”