Clyde

  • Category: Renewables
  • Energy type: Onshore wind
  • Project type: Asset

The Clyde wind farm was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond. Clyde, currently one of Europe’s biggest single consented wind farms, started exporting electricity to the national grid in June 2011.

  • 152 turbines at Clyde wind farm are split into three sections
  • total installed capacity of 350MW 
  • situated between Biggar and Moffat occupying around 47 square kilometres

Family information day at clyde wind farm

SSE opened the doors of Clyde wind farm to the public on Saturday (August 29), hosting the site’s first community information day. A team of SSE volunteers were delighted to welcome more than 50 visitors throughout the day, who came along to learn more about the 152 turbine wind farm which has been operational since August 2012. 

The family friendly event, which aimed to provide a fun yet informative insight into how SSE develops, constructs and manages its wind farm portfolio, included bus tours of the site and a look inside the Operations and Maintenance Centre. You can also view a video from the event here.

If you would like to register for project updates and/or information about possible future events please contact Pauline Allison on the details noted at the right hand side of the page.

 

Quick overview

Consent for Clyde wind farm was granted by Scottish Ministers in July 2008 with construction commencing in April 2009. At the peak of construction around 400 people were employed on the site. Clyde’s location presented many engineering challenges, including the need to construct around 105km of roads to enable access to the furthest reaches of the site. Associated infrastructure also included two substations, one operations building and a new radar installation in Cumbernauld.

The £500m project has contributed approximately £100m of contract value with companies in Scotland, including Wind Towers in Machrihanish supplying the turbine towers, plus associated indirect value to the supply chain. Clyde continues to provide a range of employment opportunities with 19 full-time SSE staff and 39 Siemens staff based across the site with additional jobs created off-site to facilitate operations and maintenance.

Clyde extension

SSE submitted a proposal for a 57-turbine, 171MW extension to Clyde Wind Farm to Scottish Ministers in October 2011. In August 2012 SSE submitted an Addendum to this proposal reducing the number of turbines to 54 and maximum capacity to 162MW, moving nine turbines and reducing the tip height of ten turbines in response to landscape and visual comments raised by SNH and Scottish Borders Council during the application consultation period. The Clyde Extension wind farm has the potential to generate £121.1m value to the Scottish economy through contracts during the construction phase, with a further potential investment of £20.25m through the community benefit fund over the lifetime of the project.

Please visit Clyde Extension for more information.

Community

We recognise that our investments in new electricity generation benefit from the co-operation of the local community in a variety of ways, particularly during the construction phase. In recognition of this, our policy is to establish long-term funds to support community projects in areas where we are developing generation projects. 

Please visit our Community page for more information.