Europe's biggest wind farm comes onstream

April 8, 2008 at 2:00 PM
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GLASGOW, Scotland, April 8 (UPI) -- Europe's largest onshore wind farm is now onstream in Scotland.

The first 10 turbines of the planned 140 are now producing enough electricity to power about 13,000 homes, The Glasgow Herald reported.

The Whitelee wind farm on Eaglesham Moor is set to be complete after a five-year delay in the planning system and 18 months of site preparation. It's located to the south of Glasgow.

An additional 10 turbines are expected to be online by the end of the month, and all 140 are expected to be complete by summer 2009.

Once all of the turbines are working, Whitelee is anticipated to generate about 320 megawatts, enough power for more than 180,000 homes.

According to ScottishPower, the project could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 650,000 tons a year, equivalent to the output of 240,000 cars.

The delays came from concern over environmental damage the project could cause. Roads were laid and bridges constructed to allow the transportation of the 200-foot turbines across the moorland.

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