SSE starts construction at Clyde Extension wind farm and aims to unplug grid bottleneck for Western Isles renewables

SSE Clyde wind farm3SSE Renewables has started construction work to enlarge its Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire.

Situated between Biggar, Abington and Moffat, the two-year build of the 54 turbine wind farm, which will be managed by principal contractors Balfour Beatty.

Throughout construction and operation, the Clyde extension project is expected to bring significant local benefits to the South Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway regions through direct and in-direct employment, skills training and over £20m of long-term support for community projects from the community benefit fund.”

Meanwhile, at the other end of the country, SSE has set up a working group with Western Isles Council to break the national grid bottleneck to network connections which is currently preventing new renewables projects from going ahead on the islands.

Mark Rough, SSE Director of Commercial and Connections, said: “The group’s first meeting was very constructive and highlighted the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the renewable sector in the Outer Hebrides.

“Working together with key stakeholders, we will look for opportunities to free up any potential unused capacity in the electricity grid within the islands, as well as technical solutions that could reduce the need for the current network restrictions.”

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