Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, has officially “switched on” the largest operational onshore wind farm in Europe

The 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm is situated on Eaglesham Moor, in East Renfrewshire.

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This,

however, merely represents the start of the plan — Scottish Power’s

application to extend its £300 million, 140-turbine Whitelee facility

has been granted. During the construction of the initial phase, the

wind power facility employed over 500 people and contributed £300

million to the Scottish economy. The expanded farm will have the

capacity to power 250,000 homes and will enable the creation of up to

300 new “green” jobs.

The Scottish Government have now approved 23 major energy projects

since May 2007. This represents more determinations than were made over

the whole of the previous four years.

Mr Salmond pointed out that Scotland’s potential for

generating energy from renewable was now up to 60GW – more than 10

times the country’s peak demand. He added that, even in its current

form, Whitelee was flying the flag for onshore wind power in Europe.

Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website at: www.scotland.gov.uk

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