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Caithness wind farm exports energy to grid for first time

© Supplied by ScottishPower RenewaHalsary Windfarm
Halsary Windfarm

A wind farm in the northern Highlands recently hit a major milestone after it exported electricity to the National Gird for the first time.

Halsary Windfarm in Caithness is one of two onshore developments from ScottishPower Renewables’ currently under construction north of the border.

The landmark means the project, which the energy company said will help the region play its part in reaching net zero carbon emissions, hit its goal of first export before the end of 2020.

A total of 15 turbines are being installed at the site south of Spittal, with six currently operational and connected to the grid.

Once complete, Halsary will generate around 30 megawatts of renewable energy – enough to power the equivalent of more than 19,000 homes.

It is expected to become fully operational by the end of March.

Fraser Anderson, Halsary project manager, said: “This is a great way to end the year and my thanks to everyone working on the project for ensuring we delivered against this important deadline.

“While lots of things have changed this year, our commitment to providing the clean electricity we all want and need has never wavered. Everyone involved in Halsary is pleased and proud to play their part on the journey to Net Zero.

“This is a really exciting juncture for the project and sets us up well for project completion in the new year.”

December was a month to remember for ScottishPower Renewables, which also exported energy from a commercial battery connected to one of its windfarms for the first time.

Located at Carland Cross Windfarm in Cornwall, the launch means the energy storage system will soon be available to the local grid.

Lindsay McQuade, chief executive of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “In what has been an incredibly challenging year for all of us, I’m very proud we have reached these landmark moments and are continuing to move forward on our journey to Net Zero. We’re looking forward to doing even more of the same next year.”

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