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22/05/14 09:16

Wind farm to generate £4 million for community over lifetime

Consent granted to power up to 49,000 homes.

Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a new 26-turbine wind farm, 5km south of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, which will power the equivalent of up to 49,000 homes in the area and generate approximately £4 million over the lifetime of the development to the local community.

The proposed wind farm, which will be developed by Banks Renewables (Kype Muir Wind Farm) Limited will have a maximum generating capacity of 104MW in the South Lanarkshire Council area. The construction phase of the development is estimated to create up to 50 jobs on site.

Mr Ewing said:

“The Kype Muir wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime. Once it is up and running, the wind farm will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 49,000 homes.

“It’s also encouraging to see that this consent will mean that this development will be at the forefront of driving a solution to deal with the aviation radar issues that exist with wind development in the area.

“Wind farms, like Kype Muir, provide considerable benefits to their local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

“Scotland is leading the way across UK in how we support local and community ownership of renewable energy. We have been supporting communities to develop renewable projects for over a decade and, over that time, our support has adapted to meet the needs of communities.”