French utility EDF has increased its involvement in the Scottish renewable energy market after purchasing North British Windpower in the Scottish Borders.

EDF's Scottish Border wind power turbines

The Scotsman reports that EDF remained tight-lipped about how much it had paid for the Edinburgh-based company, but the two firms had been developing the 48-turbine Fallago Rig wind farm, which is being built in the Lammermuir Hills on land owned by the Duke of Roxburghe near Lauder.

Planning permission was granted in November 2010 following two public inquiries and objections from campaigners including botanist David Bellamy.

Christian Egal, chief executive of EDF Energy Renewables, said: “Investments in Scotland form a key part of our growth plans.”

Trevor Ingle, a partner at law firm Squire Sanders, which advised North British Windpower’s shareholders, said: “Fallago Rig is a major project, which is expected to bring renewable energy to more than 90,000 Scottish households.”

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