Ardrossan wind farm opens
The 24 Mega Watt Ardrossan windfarm in North Ayrshire was officially opened today.
Deputy Enterprise Minister Lewis Macdonald said that the twelve-turbine windfarm was helping to bring 'green jobs' into the wider community.
The Vestas factory at Macrihanish in Argyll, which now employs more than 200 people, has supplied the wind turbines for the new Airtricity development. Several Ayrshire companies - including McLaughlans of Kilwinning and Hillhouse of Dundonald - have also won contracts for the project. The company is also providing access to the site for schools and other interested community groups to learn more about wind energy.
Mr Macdonald said:
"The Scottish Executive is committed to increasing the proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources. We have set challenging targets to generate 18 % of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2010, rising to 40 % by 2020. The opening of Ardrossan wind farm today marks another step along the road to achieving these targets.
"The fact that Airtricity was able to source its turbines and infrastructure here in Scotland proves that our energy industry and related industries are well-placed to benefit from the opportunities that renewable energy has to offer.
"We recognise that wind power is hugely significant, whilst acknowledging the importance of continuing to develop a diversity of renewables supply. That is why I am delighted to be here today at the same time as Jim Wallace is opening the Marine Energy Test Centre in Orkney."
Ardrossan wind farm is located off the B780, 40 miles south west of Glasgow. It became operational at the beginning of this year and is predicted to supply green electricity to around 20,000 homes per year.