Scotland gives nod to expansion of wind farm

Oct. 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The Scottish government said Friday it has agreed to plans to expand a wind farm so it will generate more than 100 megawatts of power for consumers.

"The proposed extension to the wind farm, which will be developed by Mid Hill Wind Limited, is to have nine turbines, bringing the total number of turbines to 34 and have a maximum generating capacity of 102 megawatts," the government said. "The farm could power the equivalent of more than 48,000 homes in the area."

The government said 52 of the 56 applications under consideration for new energy projects are for onshore wind developments.

Scotland has one of the most ambitious renewable energy targets in the world. It set a goal of generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

"Wind farms, like Mid Hill, provide considerable benefits to their local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 percent of electricity demand generated from renewables," Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said in a statement.

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