Telecoms giant BT has agreed to buy electricity from a Scots wind farm for the next 20 years in a £300 million deal announced today.
The power is being generated by the EDF-operated Fallago Rig wind farm, near Duns, which was officially opened two years ago by Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister.
BT will buy 50% of the entire output from the 48-turbine farm, the fifth largest in the UK.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, and a member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, said the significant Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Fallago Rig underpinned BT’s long-term commitment to the digital fabric of Scotland over the next 20 years.
He said: “We’re as committed to reducing our own carbon emissions as we are to providing products and services that help everyone live within the planet’s resources. We reduced carbon emissions fom our own operations by 25% globally during 2013/14.”
Fergus Ewing added: “It is great news for Scotland and the environment that a company the size of BT is taking a local and sustainable approach to sourcing its electricity in Scotland from renewable and low carbon sources.
“With EDF Energy and BT now sharing 100% of the energy produced by Fallago Rig, it secures generation at the site for the long-term future and shows the importance of Scottish renewable energy to Scottish-based businesses and their customers.”