South Kyle Wind Farm, the largest onshore wind farm under construction in the UK, has installed its fiftieth and final turbine.
A press release, issued by Vattenfall UK, states that the renewable energy project, located in south west Scotland, will have a capacity of 240MW and will be able to power around 170,000 UK homes annually. The site is currently in the commissioning and testing phase, and is planned to be fully operational over the summer.
The wind farm’s turbine H04’s three 64-meter blades were lifted into position, marking the conclusion of South Kyle’s eleven-month installation program which saw 450 major components individually transported from Ayr and Glasgow to the site south-east of Dalmellington for assembly and installation.
According to Vattenfall UK, the wind farm is its largest onshore development in the UK, with a capacity of 240MW, and will generate enough electricity to meet the equivalent demand of approximately 170,000 UK homes annually. The project will also generate a fund for local communities worth an estimated £38 million over 25 years.
Independent analysis cited by Vattenfall UK has shown that the project has fueled £44 million of spend with local businesses, rising to over £93 million across Scotland, with hundreds of jobs supported locally and nationally.
Energisation, testing, and commissioning are currently underway on site, with South Kyle Wind Farm scheduled to be completed over the summer months.