When was whitelee wind farm built?

Last Update: May 30, 2022

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The first turbine of the wind farm was erected in November 2007. The first output from the wind farm came in January 2008. The entire project was completed in 2009 and was officially switched on in May 2009. The wind farm achieved full output three months later in July 2009.

How much did it cost to build Whitelee wind farm?

The project was launched by Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling (b. 1953) and built 2006-09 at a cost of £300 million by a consortium comprising Morrison Construction and Balfour Kilpatrick. The original 140 turbines were augmented by a further 75 units in 2013.

Who built Whitelee wind farm?

Whitelee Windfarm, developed and operated by ScottishPower Renewables, is the largest onshore wind project in the UK and second largest in Europe. With the first phase commissioned in 2009, the site has now been in operation for 10 years.

How many wind turbines does Whitelee wind farm have?

Located near Eaglesham just outside Glasgow, Whitelee Windfarm is the UK's largest onshore windfarm. ScottishPower Renewables site's 215 turbines are capable of generating up to 539 megawatts of cleaner greener power.

How long is Whitelee wind farm?

Each turbine has a tip height of 110m — from ground level to hub plus the rotor radius. Rotor blades are 45m long. The site is 11.5km wide (east-west) and 7km long (north-south), and 370m above sea level. The main access road through the wind farm is 16.5km long, with another 70km of tracks between turbines.

Whitelee Windfarm in Scotland - and impressive project, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm

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Can you walk through a wind farm?

Although you may well think a wind farm is an unusual place to take a walk you might be surprised to see some quite beautiful views across Dale Moss and out towards Morven as you make your way around the route.

Can you walk around Whitelee wind farm?

Walking is a great way to explore much of Whitelee, whether you're looking for a short and easy route, or a longer, more challenging route, there's something for everyone. The site features an extensive set of waymarkers, and every turbine is numbered both on the turbine itself, and on all of our maps and route cards.

What is the world's largest offshore wind farm?

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be situated off the coast of northeast England in the North Sea and have a total capacity of 3.6 GW. When fully up and running, it will be able to power millions of homes per year. Those behind the project have repeatedly described it as "the world's largest offshore wind farm."

Where is the largest wind farm in Europe?

Borssele is located off the coast the Netherlands Kingdom and currently the country's largest wind farm project. Development is split in five phases. Capacity additions for the wind farm amounted to almost 1,500 megawatts in 2020.


Who owns Scotland's wind farms?

The wind farm is owned by ScottishPower Renewables, which is a subsidiary of Iberdrola, one of the world's largest developers of renewable energy. Iberdrola has an installed capacity of 10,447MW, with more than 57,400MW in the pipeline.

How much energy does Whitelee wind farm produce?

Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. Its 215 turbines generate up to 539 megawatts of electricity, enough to power over 350,000 homes*.

How many wind turbines are in Scotland?

Wind power in Scotland is the fastest-growing renewable energy technology, with 9,347 MW of installed wind power capacity as of June 2020. This included 8,366 MW from onshore wind in Scotland and 981 MW of offshore wind generators.

How many houses does the Beatrice offshore wind farm supply electricity to?

Beatrice is operated and maintained from its base at Wick Harbour on the north east coast of Scotland. It is Scotland's largest operational offshore wind farm and is capable of providing enough wind powered electricity for up to 450,000 homes.


How many wind turbines are in the UK?

At the time of writing, there are currently around 8,600 onshore wind turbines in operation across the UK, plus about 2,300 more offshore.

What is the largest offshore wind farm in the UK?

The Hornsea One project, inaugurated last year just off England's Yorkshire coast, is the world's largest operational wind farm. With 174 offshore wind turbines, the electricity produced is enough to power over a million homes with clean energy.

Are wind turbines made in UK?

The UK has been manufacturing and exporting smaller-sized wind turbines for over 40 years and is a world leader in the technology with a number of UK manufacturers of turbines suited to home, business and community scale generation.

Where is largest wind farm?

The Gansu Wind Farm in China is the largest wind farm in the world, with a target capacity of 20,000 MW by 2020.


Which country has most wind turbines?

China boasts the world's largest capacity for wind energy, totalling just over 288 GW at the end of 2020 – having added 52 GW of new power during that year, far more than any other country.

Is Whitelees windfarm open?

The Visitor Centre Cafe is open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 – 16.30. Toilet access will also be available. The exhibition area will remain closed.

Is Whitelee windfarm pram friendly?

You can get up close to the turbines just by walking around the various paths. They seem a lot bigger when you're standing next to one! The paths are just dirt paths but they're very pram friendly.

How long is the Lochgoin circuit?

Accessible from the visitor centre by passing the entrance notice board and down to turbine 40, the Lochgoin circuit route is an 8 mile circular that is ideal for walking (dog wlaking), cycling, running etc for all ages and abilities.