Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables saw the official opening of its three turbine extension to Muirhall Wind Farm – ‘Muirhall South’, opened on the 22nd Feb by the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Innovation, Paul Wheelhouse. The Minister visited the Muirhall Energy Office, near Carnwath in South Lanarkshire, to meet the team behind the project and discuss the future of onshore wind in Scotland. They were joined by Declan Cullinane and the team from GE who supplied the 2.75MW turbines, and Chris Rodgers from Close Brothers, who provided finance for the development
Having already erected two Senvion 3.2MW machines with 147 metre tips at Muirhall Extension (Phase 2) – the tallest onshore turbines in the country at the time; Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables have now installed three GE turbines at the project’s third phase – Muirhall South, consisting of the UK’s largest rotors at 120 metres.
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Innovation Paul Wheelhouse said:
“I would like to congratulate the Muirhall Energy team on the official opening of this three turbine extension to their facility, meaning the site now contains 11 turbines with a capacity of 26.95MW, that can generate enough electricity to power 13,459 homes.
Not only will Muirhall extension continue to provide an excellent source of renewable energy but the additional turbines will provide the local community with more than £6,000 extra per installed MW each year for the 3 new turbines – or more than £48,000 funding per year – to spend on projects that will bring direct benefit to local people.
Our draft Energy Strategy seeks to identify new ways to ensure that communities across Scotland continue to benefit from onshore wind projects as a mature and well-developed form of renewable energy and looks to maximise opportunities to support local communities in unlocking new sources of revenue so that they can invest for the future.”
Chris Walker, Managing Director of Muirhall Energy said:
“We are delighted to be joined by the Minister to celebrate in the official opening of our latest wind farm.
An enormous amount of time and effort goes in to the planning and development of all our wind farms, and it is wonderful achievement to see everyone’s hard work come together”
24th February 2017