24 May, 2002 – ScottishPower submitted plans to the Scottish Executive Thursday for a £70m ($102) windfarm on the site of an abandoned open cast mine at Black Law near the village of Forth in South Lanarkshire. Providing green energy to over 80 000 homes the windfarm will comprise 67 turbines.
If approved the 134 MW windfarm could be operational in 2003 and would be one of the largest in the UK. It is a key part of ScottishPower’s programme to install some 500M W of windpower over the next few years. During the one-year construction period around 200 local jobs would be created and local companies will be encouraged to tender for £6m of construction contracts available. Six full-time jobs will be created.
Black Law was selected following an exhaustive process to identify the most promising windfarm sites in Scotland based on a range of environmental and technical criteria.
The planning application incorporates changes following extensive consultation with the public, including 72 organisations and groups and the 180 people who attended a series of public exhibitions on the proposals last August.
The submission follows others by ScottishPower this year, including Whitelee, potentially the biggest in Europe, on Eaglesham Moor, 10 miles from Glasgow, which could also come on stream in 2003.
If approved, Black Law windfarm will reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by 290 000 tonnes a year by offsetting electricity generated at conventional, coal-fired power stations. Together the two windfarms would meet more than half of the Government’s renewable energy targets for Scotland.
Alan Mortimer, ScottishPower’s Head of Wind Development, said, “Black Law will benefit not just the global environment, by producing clean green energy for 80 000 homes, but will also have major advantages for the local environment though full restoration of the derelict coal site coupled with extensive habitat improvements for local wildlife.”