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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

THE busiest period ever for windfarm construction in Scotland is now scaling new heights, with ScottishPower Renewables busy in this region among others.

The firm is currently building eight wind projects in the south west and the Central Belt.

And over 1000 people are involved in erecting the 221 turbines, including 22 at Ewe Hill near Waterbeck.
Their largest site is at Kilgallioch, which straddles the border of South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. At 96 turbines and 239MW, it will become the third largest onshore site in the UK and will be capable of powering more than 130,000 homes.
Furthermore, all the projects will see over 145km of new roads constructed on the windfarms, roughly the
distance between Glasgow and Carlisle, to provide access for turbine deliveries to their final locations.
Kenny Peberdy, onshore director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Scotland is one of the busiest places in the world right now for the construction of onshore wind, with thousands of engineers and technicians and support workers delivering a raft of large-scale renewable energy projects.
“We are currently building more projects at the same time than we’ve ever built before through an unprecedented level of investment this year.”

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