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First turbine built for local wind farm

The first of 50 has been moved to the farm and assembled

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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
First turbine built for local wind farm

PROGRESS at the South Kyle Wind Farm is going steady as the first wind turbine has been installed.

The wind farm north of Carsphairn finished the construction of the turbine earlier this month, and will be the first of the 50 turbines slated to be installed on the farm.

As with all of South Kyle’s turbines, E02 measures up to 149.5m.

It was assembled by a team of expert engineers, consists of three blades, three tower sections, a nacelle, hub and drive train, and is one of Nordex’s cutting-edge Delta N133 models.

It has taken two years for tafter the preparations had started for the first turbine to be installed at the wind farm.

South Kyle is Vattenfall’s largest onshore development in the UK. With a capacity of 240MW, it will generate enough electricity to meet the equivalent demand of approximately 170,000 UK homes annually.

Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s Project Director for South Kyle, said: “I am delighted to see the first wind turbine installed at South Kyle.

“It is a demonstration of the hard work of our construction team. This signals a new phase of the construction programme of this major renewable energy project here in South West Scotland.

“I look forward to reaching the next milestone of first power, producing fossil fuel free electricity later this summer.”

The full project is on track to be completed in early 2023.

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