The 33 wind turbines on the Dunmaglass Wind Farm will result in an installed capacity of 94 megawatts (MW), which will contribute to Scotland meeting its renewable energy targets.
SSE acquired the Dunmaglass Wind Farm from Renewable Energy Systems Group in May 2013. The wind farm is located on Dunmaglass Estate, near Loch Mhor, in the Monadhliath Mountains.
The Scottish government’s target for renewable electricity generation is for renewables to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of gross annual consumption by 2020, with a new interim target of 50 percent by 2015. The Dunmaglass Wind Farm, with the support of GE, aims to help the Scottish government achieve its challenging renewable energy targets.
“For the Dunmaglass Wind Farm, we worked with SSE to create turbines specifically designed to meet the strict parameters set forth by the local planning authority, which restricted the maximum tip height to 120 meters. We developed a 70-meter tower solution to meet these requirements,” said Cliff Harris, general manager of GE’s renewable energy business in Europe. “As wind energy continues its rapid growth in Scotland, we too are growing our business throughout the United Kingdom, and we are pleased to work again with SSE to help bring Scotland a cleaner power source.”
SSE is the largest generator of electricity from renewable sources across the U.K. and Ireland and has around 3,300 MW of renewable energy capacity. To date, SSE currently is operating 139 GE wind turbines and an additional 43 are due to be commissioned by the end of 2015.
GE’s operations in the U.K. have grown and with its latest projects in Scotland for SSE, GE has more than doubled the size of its U.K.-based commercial and sales teams. “GE is committed to supporting SSE’s objectives of delivering on-site service with specialized support,” Harris added.
SSE is one the U.K.’s largest generators of electricity with around 11,600 MW of generation capacity in total (U.K. and Ireland) from the most diverse portfolio of power stations. It is the leading generator of electricity from renewable resources with a total generation capacity of around 3,300 MW. Through its renewable development division, SSE Renewables, it is involved in the development of new renewable energy projects covering wind, wave, tide and hydro electricity.
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