Work has finally started on the £160m, 71-turbine Harestanes Wind farm at Ae Forest – almost 10 years since it was first proposed. Scottish Power Renewables estimate construction will take up to two years to complete when complete it will be the second largest wind farm in Scotland.
In September 2007 the project was granted planning permission by Scottish Government after an onslaught of opposition at a major public inquiry.
In 2003 it was planned to have 180 turbines erected on site, eventually this was reduced massively to 71 turbines with the capability of generating power for 120,000 homes. Each turbine will stand 121.5 metres high. When the wind farm is complete 11km of tracks will be opened to the public.
Scottish Power Renewables, said: “This is one of the largest renewable energy projects being developed in Scotland and it will make a significant contribution to carbon reduction targets in Scotland and the UK as a whole.”