Vattenfall’s South Kyle Wind Farm is moving ahead with the installation of the project’s first wind turbine. The E02 turbine – located in the southern part of the wind farm – becomes the first of 50 turbines to be assembled and installed on site.
This milestone comes nearly two years after the start of site preparation work.
Situated in East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, close to the villages of New Cumnock, Dalmellington and Carsphairn, South Kyle is Vattenfall’s largest onshore development in the UK. With a capacity of 240 megawatts, it will produce enough electricity to meet the equivalent demand of around 170,000 homes per year.
When completed, it will also generate a fund for local communities worth an estimated £38m over 25 years, while independent analysis says the project has fueled £44m of spend with businesses communities, reaching over £93million across Scotland, with hundreds of jobs supported locally and nationally.
As with the 50 wind turbines at South Kyle, E02 rises to 149.5 meters.
Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for South Kyle, said: “I am delighted to see the first wind turbine installed in South Kyle. It’s a demonstration of the hard work of our construction team.
“This marks a new phase in the construction program for this large renewable energy project here in the South West of Scotland.
“I look forward to reaching the next stage of first power, fossil fuel-free electricity generation later this summer.”
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