Construction of the first towers and nacelles have commenced at Muirhall Energy’s Tormywheel Wind Farm, south of Fauldhouse and Breich in West Lothian.
Turbine component deliveries began last week, however blades will not be fixed until early 2017 when a new radar is commissioned at Edinburgh Airport. The radar is being built to ensure that the moving turbines are not confused with aircraft on the radar screen.
The 15 Senvion MM92 turbines will each stand at 111 metres tall, and will have a total generating capacity of 30.75MW.
Colin Williams, Director of Wind Development, said:
“There is still some way to go, however we are pleased that this milestone has been met safely and proficiently.”
When fully operational in Spring 2017, the 15 turbine Tormywheel will, on average, generate enough power every year to meet the equivalent electricity demand of around 25,000 West Lothian homes.
A community benefit fund is proposed, in line with the ‘Scottish Government Good Practise principles for Community Benefits’ and has already started making its first contributions, with payments being made to each of ‘Fauldhouse Community Development Trust’, ‘Stonehouse and Bents Future Vision Group’ and ‘Fauldhouse Children’s Gala’.
24th November 2016.