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Glenkerie

United Kingdom

Glenkerie wind farm is located 5km north-west of the picturesque village of Tweedsmuir, near the town of Biggar in Scotland’s Southern Uplands.


Ricardo Rocha

Asset Manager

Installed Capacity

22MW

No. of turbines

11

Turbine type

Vestas V80, 2000kW

Hub height

60m and 80m

Blade length

39m

Expected P50 energy yield

63.6GWh

Annual house-hold power equivalent

15,456 homes*

The wind farm is situated on a hill farm that’s predominantly used for sheep-grazing, rough pasture and heather moorland. Site elevation varies between 230m to 530m above sea level. The wind farm’s 11 turbines, each rated at 2MW, took 18 months to build and the site has an installed capacity of 22MW and generates enough energy to power 15,456 homes*.

Benefiting local communities

Glenkerie’s community fund benefits communities located within a 15 km radius of the wind farm, which includes the Upper Tweed Community Council area. Although priority is given to applications from communities within 10 km of the wind farm (which includes Tweedsmuir, Broughton, Drumelzier and Coulter) other communities within the 15k radius are eligible to apply including Stobo, Biggar, Symington, Roberton, Lamington, Wiston and Skirling.

Although the Fund is held and administered by Foundation Scotland, the allocation of grants is decided by a local panel composed of Upper Tweed Community Councillors and other individuals with local knowledge and interests.

Recent projects supported by the fund include the development of a technology suite for use by both Broughton Primary School and the wider community; the installation of energy saving measures at Biggar Museum, including photo voltaic panels on its roof and insulation for its external store rooms.

Biggar After School Care Club also benefited from support to increase staff numbers, pay for staff training, cover the costs of sessional workers and purchase equipment and materials.

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 15,456 homes.

^Typical Domestic Consumption Values from Ofgem. Electricity: Profile Class 2 Medium 4.2MWh

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