Bid for Whitelee extension

PLANS to extend Whitelee wind farm have this week been revealed by Scottish Power.

The company is seeking permission from the Scottish government to add five more to the 215 turbines on Eaglesham Moor, the latest situated on East Ayrshire land, to the west of the existing East Renfrewshire site.

The third extension bid could, according to the utility company, create up to 60 construction jobs, and managing director of Scottish Power Renewables Simon Christian commented: “Whitelee has proved to be an excellent location for a wind farm development.

“There has always been potential to extend Whitelee – it is well located near to major roads, it has access to a strong grid network and there is high demand for the electricity generated from the heavily populated nearby areas of Glasgow, East Kilbride and rural Ayrshire.

“Although our proposals for the third extension are relatively small, we think it is important to make the most of this excellent site and this development would make an important contribution towards Scotland’s renewable energy targets”.

The current capacity at the East Ren site can generate 539MW of electricity – enough to power over 290,000 homes.

It is estimated that the extension, if approved, will add another 12MW – and that the wind farm will be able to power more than 300,000 homes as a result.

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