SSE Renewables has been left thinking what could have been after one of its Highland wind farms suffered a narrow defeat in the final of the Wind World Cup.
In an all Scottish affair, the 228 megawatt (MW) Stronelairg development, south-east of Fort Augustus, lost out by just 0.6% to ScottishPower Renewables’ Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow.
The Wind World Cup, which has been on the go for the last few days, was organised on Twitter by industry body RenewableUK to coincide with UK Wind Week 2020.
Both offshore and onshore wind farms were pitted against each other in a round of 16, quarter final, semi-final and final.
Members of the public voted for their favourite development in a head to head poll, with the winner progressing to the next round.
By the slimmest of margins Whitelee, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, was eventually crowned champion earlier today after it picked up 50.6% of the 2,494 votes in the final.
And our #WindWorldCup winner is…
WHITELEE WIND FARM! 🏆🏆🏆
— RenewableUK (@RenewableUK) November 27, 2020
ScottishPower took to Twitter to celebrate and pay tribute to its opponent, while SSE said “Stronelairg, you’ll always be our champion!”
— ScottishPower (@ScottishPower) November 27, 2020
A valiant fight from both contenders…well done to the Whitelee. Stronelairg, you'll always be our champion! Thanks to everyone who supported our wind farms this week and to @RenewableUK for organising the #WindWorldCup.
— SSE Renewables (@sserenewables) November 27, 2020
Other notable developments which took part include the Aberdeen Bay wind farm, which beat Hywind Scotland, off the coast of Peterhead, before going on to lose to East Anglia One in the quarter final.
There was further Scottish representation in the form of the Beatrice Offshore wind farm in Moray Firth, which was knocked out early doors by the eventual champion.