ScottishPower links grid to 48MW Aikengall wind farm

ScottishPower Energy Networks has finished a £7m ($9.6m) project to connect the 48 megawatt (MW) Aikengall wind farm near Dunbar to Scotland's electricity grid.

At the same time, it has announced the installation of a new electricity substation in the Dunbar area to strengthen the local electricity network.

“Now that the project is complete there is a double benefit for the local area, as the renewable energy being produced by the windfarm is now being fed directly into the local grid and, to cope with this, we have installed new equipment which will strengthen the electricity network as a whole,” says Anthony Callan, project manager at ScottishPower.

Owned by the UK's Community Windpower, Aikengall wind farm uses 16 Vestas 3 megawatt (MW) turbines.

Around 18km of new cables were laid over the course of 18 months by ScottishPower. Electricity generated at the windfarm will now be fed into the local electricity network via the new substation at Old Belton.