Whitley Wind Farm in Scotland

Whitley Wind Farm in Scotland

Whitley, with 215 turbines in operation and 539 MW installed The UK's largest onshore wind farm It was for a while the largest in Europe. Located in a prime location on Eaglesham Moor, just 15 miles from Glasgow, it became one of the first large-scale wind farms to be developed close to a population center when it opened.

Development of the Whitley Wind Farm – owned by ScottishPower Renewables, an Iberdrola Group company – began in 2000, applied for planning permission in 2002 and received approval in 2006, and began construction. Whitley was officially opened to the public in May 2009, although it had already been supplying power to the grid since January 2008 with the first phase of the wind farm.

Since then, the wind farm has undergone Two stages of expansion External link, opens in a new tab.reaching its current size and installed capacity in 2012: 140 turbines from Siemens and 75 turbines from Alstom.

In 2015, A New operations center External link, opens in a new tab. It was opened at Whitley Wind Farm, from which more than 30 ScottishPower Renewables wind farm projects, comprising more than 900 wind turbines, will be remotely monitored.

Whitley Green Hydrogen

As part of Iberdrola's efforts to lead the energy transition, the company is also positioning itself in the UK in green hydrogen. Therefore, one of our key projects is the installation of a green hydrogen plant in Whitley Park, with generating capacity 3000 tons of H₂ annually From onshore wind energy and providing enough emissions-free hydrogen to power up to 550 buses on daily return trips between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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The project is supported by the UK Government, which has allocated an additional €11 million (around £9.4 million) from the Department for Enterprise, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)'s Energy Innovation Portfolio to build the project.

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