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Fred Olsen has been granted the green light to plan for the Scottish wind extensions

Fred Olsen Renewables has received permission to design the Windy Standard 3 and Crystal Rig wind farm extensions in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Windy Standard 3 is a turbine extension project that will supplement Windy Standard 1 and Windy Standard 2 to ensure that they meet their customers’ growing demands. The three projects are expected to provide sufficient electricity to power over 131285 homes each year. The developer added that the projects would come with £15 million.

Fred Olsen Renewables is also active in the wind farm situated North East of Carsphairn and 10km south of New Cumnock. The company has participated in the progress of this utility since its establishment in 1996. The utility boasts of 66 turbines integrated with the new extensions, which together are expected to generate over 150 megawatts of electricity. The construction of the solar wind farm’s extensions will start in the next three years, with the developers expecting them to be active by 2026. Crystal Rig, which is situated about 11km south of Dunbar and 16.5km north-west of Duns, will be the first extension for the projects categorized under Scottish Borders. The initial turbine Crystal Rig became active eighteen years ago.

An additional 60 turbines were installed in 2010, with another six becoming operational in 2015. The addition of the scheduled 11 turbines to the wind farm extension will ensure that the solar farm can produce about 262 megawatts of electricity. The head of Fred Olsen Renewables for the UK utility, Finley Becks-Phelps, stated that the Windy Standard Wind Farm was the first project that they had to wait for approval in Scotland. He expressed his delight in the projects reaching the level they are, adding that the dream of expanding the solar farm is materializing. The partnerships with Natural Power, local stakeholders, and financiers have enabled the utility to achieve the net-zero emission targets that the Scottish government had outlined.

Director Finley Becks-Phelps explained that the residents have also played a vital role in developing clean energy utilities. He added that the Dumfries renewable energy consultancy and service provider called Natural Power helped to streamline the procedure by educating the consumers and locals about the essence of switching to clean energy. The project manager for Natural Power, Emily Galloway, stated that the project’s success had enabled the entity to establish itself as an advocate for developing clean energy projects and minimizing carbon emissions. Finally, the consent for establishing the projects has motivated the energy developers to be open-minded about similar plans.

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