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By Fiona Reid
Turbine blip

A WINDFARM development in the region has hit a hurdle in its schedule.

RES is behind the 30 MW Solwaybank scheme between Langholm and Waterbeck, but they have experienced an issue with the order for their required 15 turbines. Explaining more, RES construction director Alan McMahon yesterday said: “We’ve switched to a new turbine manufacturer at Solwaybank Windfarm as Senvion, our original choice, unfortunately went into administration.

“We will now be using turbines from Vestas, the largest turbine manufacturer in the world and a company we have worked with for many years.”

He confirmed they will use the existing infrastructure that has already been built at the site, including the tracks and foundations and added: “The turbines will be the same height and diameter so there will be no issue with the planning permission.” The windfarm was expected to be operational in 2020 but the new turbines will now not be delivered until next year and Mr McMahon added: We expect the new turbines to be delivered to site next summer and will continue to work with the local community through the community liaison group over any changes to the construction programme.”


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