10 September 2002 – The turbines at Powergen Renewables’ Bowbeat Hill wind farm have begun to generate electricity for the first time.
Consisting of 24 x 1.3 MW turbines, the project, located near Peebles in Scotland, is Powergen Renewables’ biggest capacity wind farm to date and the largest in Scotland in terms of generation output.
With a generating capacity of 31.2 MW, the wind farm is capable of producing enough electricity to cater for the annual power requirements of around 22 500 homes, enough to supply half of the homes in the Scottish Borders area.
Dr Chris Morris, General Manager at Powergen Renewables, said, “This is both our largest wind farm to date and also a significant step forward as we move towards the Government’s target for 10 per cent of the UK’s electricity to be generated by renewable sources by 2010. “
“Bowbeat is also our second wind farm in Scotland and we’re hoping that there will be many more as we expand towards our goal of a tenfold increase in our renewable portfolio by 2010.”
The turbines, which have been built by Nordex, stand around 75m high to blade tip and are currently undergoing their 240-hour reliability runs as part of their post commissioning checks.
Morris said, “We’ve had a lot of support from both the local community and from local stakeholders and we look forward to building on those existing relationships as the wind farm generates clean, green energy for the next 20 years.”
The scheme’s annual output of electricity will displace enough fossil fuel generation to prevent the emission of around 50 000 t of CO2 a year.
Powergen Renewables Holdings Ltd is a joint venture between Powergen and Aberdeen-based Abbot Group and has 17 operational wind farms in the UK and Ireland with a capacity of 135 MW.