Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has granted planning consent for a new 26-turbine wind farm, 5km south of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, which will power the equivalent of up to 49,000 homes in the area and generate approximately £4m over the lifetime of the development to the local community.
The proposed wind farm, which will be developed by Banks Renewables (Kype Muir Wind Farm) Limited will have a maximum generating capacity of 104MW in the South Lanarkshire Council area. The construction phase of the development is estimated to create up to 50 jobs on site.
Wind Farms, like Kype Muir, provide considerable provide considerable benefits to their local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand generated from renewables.
Mr Ewing said: “Scotland is leading the way across UK in how we support local and community ownership of renewable energy. We have been supporting communities to develop renewable projects for over a decade and, over that time, our support has adapted to meet the needs of communities.”