ScottishPower Renewables is to share data from its own custom-built radar station in Scotland with wind farm developers.
The deal is intended to ‘unblock’ up to 110 MW of power that is currently untapped because of potential radar concerns.
ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) built the radar station in 2006 on the site of a disused power station in Kincardine to overcome the concerns of Glasgow Airport and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) when it was seeking planning permission to build Whitelee wind farm. Whitelee opened in 2009 and is now the largest onshore wind farm in Europe.
Data from the station is now used to supplement existing radar coverage by Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and NATS. Now SPR has agreed to provide access to its data to four wind farm developers in central Scotland who want to build a total of five wind farms.
Simon Christian, SPR’s UK managing director, said: “Radar issues have long been a major stumbling block for wind farm developers. During the planning process for Whitelee, the project was held up for a number of years until the radar solution was found.
“As a company we are committed to promoting the wider benefits of renewable energy and we are pleased that these agreements have been reached. By offering radar solutions to other developers we will help to unblock a significant amount of renewable energy, benefiting the wider industry and helping further towards achieving carbon reduction targets. We hope that many more agreements will follow.”
He added that the agreements were “a first for the industry in Scotland and shows that developers can work well together in order to find solutions to common problems”.