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More Green Electricity from New Wind Farm outside Edinburgh!

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Located on the border of East Lothian and Scottish Borders, approximately 12.5km south of Dunbar and adjacent to Aikengall I and II, the site is expected to be completed at the end of summer 2021. The completed project will consist of 19 turbines, each standing at 145m to tip height, with a rotor diameter of 120m. The Aikengall site will now consist of over 190MW from 54 Siemens and Vestas turbines.

The first array, consisting of five 4.3MW Siemens Gamesa direct drive turbines, was installed in early July, with turbine erection works completed by our Scottish partners at Windhoist Ltd, based in Irvine, North Ayrshire.   Following a successful walkdown procedure with our onsite electrical teams at Power Systems UK and ALL NRG on behalf of Siemens Gamesa, we are pleased to announce that these first five turbines have now been energised and power delivery will commence shortly after a round of further testing and work with grid operation teams at Scottish Power Energy Networks.

Community Windpower Ltd are delighted to continue our ‘Buy Scottish’ ethos. RJ McLeod, one of of Scotland’s largest privately-owned civil engineering and building contractors, were appointed as the civil contractors when works began back in Spring 2020. Additional civil works and ongoing site maintenance are being completed by local company Mid Lothian Utilities.

The project will have an overall generating capacity of 81.7MW and will provide green electricity for the equivalent of 70,000 homes and displace 121,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Rod Wood, Managing Director at Community Windpower Ltd, said: “We are delighted with the progress being made by Siemens Gamesa and Windhoist and look forward to the commissioning of the site by the end of this summer.

We are passionate about investing in Scotland, using Scottish Contractors and creating jobs and economic development in local communities.

“This summer clearly demonstrates the so-called Climate Emergency has already become a Climate Catastrophe.  Green projects must be fast-tracked through the Planning system as it’s the only way we will stop burning of fossil fuels and have a chance of net zero emissions by 2030.  We urge Scottish Government and Local Authorities to get behind Onshore Wind and stop the delays".

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