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Published on July 29th, 2015 | by Joshua S Hill

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Work Begins On £300 Million Kilgallioch Windfarm

July 29th, 2015 by  

Work has begun on the £300 million, 239 MW Kilgallioch Windfarm, located 5 kilometres south of Barrhill, in Scotland.

ScottishPower Renewables, a unit of Iberdrola, officially began construction on the 239 MW Kilgallioch Windfarm this week, beginning with the construction of 55 kilometres worth of tracks, as well as upgrading 14 kilometres of existing forest tracks, across the 32 kilometre-square construction site, which will eventually link the 96 wind turbines set to be installed.

Upon completion, which is expected some time in 2017, the Kilgallioch project is expected to generate the equivalent electricity needed to power 130,000 households annually. Furthermore, the project will become the UK’s third largest onshore wind farm, when powered up.

“Kilgallioch is a major renewable energy development and a significant construction project,” said Stuart Mason, Construction Director at ScottishPower Renewables. “As well as making an important contribution to Scotland’s carbon reduction targets, tens of millions of pounds will go towards supporting community projects in the vicinity of the windfarm.”

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Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa was awarded the contract to supply the 96 required turbines for the project back in May of this year. Gamesa will provide 94 of its G114-2.5 MW turbines and two G90-2.0 MW turbines to the Kilgallioch wind farm, which was the largest order for Gamesa’s G114-2.5 MW turbine model up to that date.

“This milestone agreement with ScottishPower Renewables evidences the success of our commercial strategy in northern Europe, one of Gamesa’s priority markets, and demonstrates the credibility garnered by our new products – which offer market-leading efficiency and profitability – in the eyes of our customers,” said Ricardo Chocarro, Gamesa’s CEO for Europe & RoW.

“This will be ScottishPower Renewables’ second largest windfarm, and the third largest overall in the UK,” continued Stuart Mason. “We currently have more than 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of installed onshore wind capacity in the UK, and Kilgallioch will help us on our way to achieving a 2 GW milestone – enough to power over 1 million homes.”


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  • Ronald Brakels

    Its capital cost is about 28% more per kilowatt than for a roughy similar sized wind farm built in Australia a year ago. Smaller turbines too. Transmission costs can easily add that much to a project, but the US leaves both in the dust. Or in Scotland’s case, sogginess.

    • JamesWimberley

      The post mentions “14 kilometres of existing forest tracks”. If some of the turbines are in forests, that means higher towers, which puts up the costs. Australians may not be familiar with the concept, so here’s a helpful
      picture. http://www.computescotland.com/images/sHradbB2Q5YybLOTsL4t08c08c.jpg

      • Ronald Brakels

        Oh yeah, South Australia has one of them. But I don’t know what those weird things in the background are. Anyway, rather than squander our tree, as they have done in some other places, we wisely make our telephone poles from steel and concrete: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stobie_pole

        And they say we’ll be getting telephones any time now.

        • juxx0r

          Like the NBN it will be rolled out just in time for it to be obsolete.

  • JamesWimberley

    As Ayrshire native Robert Burns put it:
    “The best-laid plans o’ mice an’ men
    Gang oft agley”.
    Neither the Spanish nor the UK (English) governments can now stop the advance of wind power.

    When reporting on Scotland, please at least indicate if the projects are in the Highlands (beautiful, romantic, and empty) or the Lowlands, as here, where most Scots live.

    • Bristolboy

      As long as the Welsh, Scottish and NI governments continue to provide planning consent wind projects will continue regardless of UK government policy and subsidy support. The best projects are able to survive without subsidy and the number of such sites is only going to increase with time.

    • wattleberry

      Maybe it’s just me, but the involvement of these 2 Spanish companies, both huge beneficiaries of Spain’s punitive treatment of rooftop solar and the drastic upward change in electricity prices, could, at best, be construed as favouring utilities over private and implicate both, or 3, governments in this bias.
      Whilst RE of any kind is to be welcomed, its continued distribution via utilities is certainly no guarantee of consumers feeling the financial benefit, which is scandalous.

  • wattleberry

    This, together with the UK and Spain’s Govts’ discouraging (to say the least) attitude towards solar, is sinister.

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