Consent has been granted for two wind farms that will power over 100,000 homes and deliver community benefits of over £28 million. An extension to the existing Clyde wind farm, located to the east of Abington, will generate up to an additional 171MW, enough to power more than 76,000 homes. This will bring the total generating capacity of the wind farm to 512MW.The Clyde wind farm extension will produce carbon savings estimated at 189,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and contribute around £20 million in community benefits over its 25 year operating period, in addition to the £33 million offered for the existing wind farm.
At the same time, an application to build the Dersalloch wind farm, in South Ayrshire, has also been approved. It has a maximum generating capacity of 69MW, enough to power the equivalent of around 32,500 homes, and will produce carbon savings estimated between 70,175 and 88,369 tonnes of CO2 per year. Dersalloch wind farm will create approximately 120 temporary jobs during construction and deliver a community benefits package worth more than £8.5 million over its 25 year operational period.
Mr Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism said:
“These two wind farms will create jobs both in their construction, and during their lifetime. Once they are up and running, the wind farms will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes. The Dersalloch wind farm and the Clyde Extension will create around £28.8 million during its lifetime – a remarkable amount for the local communities.”