Last week ScottishPower Renewables received consent from The Scottish Government to construct the 96 turbine Kilgallioch Windfarm, south of Barrhill in south west Scotland. The project will have an operational capacity of up to 288MW, which could meet the annual electricity demands of more than 170,000 homes.
The consent for this major renewable energy project comes shortly after ScottishPower Renewables reported a record-breaking week for electricity generated by its windfarms. Between Friday 25th January and Thursday 31st SPR’s 28 operational onshore windfarms generated more than 135 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, enough to meet the electricity needs of more than 1.6million homes in an average weekly period*.
Kilgallioch will become SPR’s second largest onshore wind project, behind the 539MW Whitelee Windfarm, which is the largest onshore windfarm in the UK. Up to 250 workers will be required to construct the project which will see a total investment of over £400 million. The company hopes to start work in late 2014, or early 2015, and complete within approximately 24 months.
* Based on 135GWh (135,000,000 kWh) and average domestic consumption of 4266 kWh per year (82.03 kWh per week). 135GWh could supply the average weekly needs of 1,645,739 homes.