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Excellent Progress For Europe's Largest Windfarm

07/09/2007

A year into construction, Whitelee - Europe’s largest windfarm, is well on schedule with the first turbine due to arrive on site in November. The 55kmsq site is being constructed near Eaglesham, south of Glasgow. When completed, the 140 turbine project will have an installed capacity of 322MW.

Over the last 12 months engineers have prepared the site for the main phase of the development with access roads and base foundations being constructed by a team of over 300 specialist contractors and engineers. During the winter months, ScottishPower engineers are looking to erect 2 turbines per week on average.

Plans are also progressing for recreational facilities across the windfarm including a state-of-the-art visitor centre. It is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors a year to exhibitions and learning facilities on climate change and renewable energy in Scotland.

Commenting on progress, Keith Anderson, Director of ScottishPower Renewables said; "Combating global warming is a challenge facing us all and Whitelee, as Europe's largest windfarm, will provide enough green energy to power 180,000 homes make a significant contribution to ScottishPower’s renewable targets."

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