Wind farm reaches halfway stage

Ten of the 20 wind turbines for Centrica’s first operational wind farm site – at Glens of Foudland in Aberdeenshire - are now in place.

Renewable Energy Systems (RES), Centrica Energy’s contractor, which is overseeing the construction, put the finishing touches to turbine ten this week.

The remaining ten 1.3 MW turbines, made by the Danish firm Siemens Wind Power (formerly Bonus), are scheduled for installation between now and May. All 20 will be commissioned in time to generate first commercial power by late summer.

Simon Clark, head of power and renewable projects for Centrica Energy, said the whole team was pleased to have reached this milestone on schedule.

“The installation has all gone very well so far, and we are excited to be getting closer every day to generating Centrica’s first wind power for our Scottish Gas customers,” he said.

The Glens of Foudland wind farm is Aberdeenshire’s first and it will generate green electricity for 13,000 homes in the region.

Centrica Energy, which owns the 26MW project, is developing the site near Huntly, as part of a £750 million investment in renewable energy, to supply British Gas and Scottish Gas customers.