Scottish Secretary Michael Moore today officially opened the £45m Longpark windfarm in the Scottish Borders. The 19 turbine site will generate enough electricity for 19,000 homes when it becomes fully operational in 2011.
Mr Moore said:
“This government has pledged to be the greenest that our country has ever seen, and we are doing just that. This windfarm is a further step in developing Scotland’s renewable energy infrastructure and a great example of how we are harnessing our natural geography to produce renewable energy.
“The energy generated here will power up to 19,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by around 43,000 tonnes. Investing in renewables is vital for our country and our economy. By doing so, the coalition government will create a ‘zero-waste’ economy.”
The Longpark site is situated south of Stow in the Scottish Borders and was given government approval in July 2006. The site is capable of generating 38MW of power - the equivalent of powering enough kettles to make more than 3.5 billion cups of tea per year. The yearly estimated production is 87 GWh an equivalent of 2,300 hours of full load/year.
The site was developed by Wind Prospect and is owned and operated by EDF Energy Renewables and is their first windfarm in Scotland.