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ScottishPower - Whitelee Wind Farm

Visitors flock to Europe's largest onshore wind farm

  • ScottishPower Renewables' onshore wind farm at Whitelee is Europe's largest, and is located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow.
  • With over 500 people involved in its construction, the wind farm cost around £300 million to build and consists of 140 turbines generating 322 MW of electricity, enough to power around 180,000 homes.
  • Work on a 75 turbine extension is currently underway. This means that it will gain an additional 217 MW of capacity, enough for over 124,000 homes.
  • ScottishPower was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development for its commitment to sustainability in the development, construction and on-going operation of Whitelee wind farm. The project was an example of best practice in habitat management and the site is home to birds such as merlin and black grouse. There was also a strong commitment to encourage the local community to be involved.

ScottishPower Renewables' £2m visitor centre at Whitelee is the first of its kind in Scotland and was built as part of the development of the wind farm. Managed by Glasgow Science Centre, it has already welcomed over 120,000 people through its doors. The wind farm has also proved to be a hugely popular destination for educational visits. More than 4,500 school pupils have visited Whitelee as part of school groups to learn about renewable energy from the staff in the interactive learning zone.

 

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