SSE powers Glasgow's green ambitions

SSE is helping Glasgow generate its own green energy thanks to the creation of the city’s first commercial wind turbine.

The £5 million turbine at Cathkin Braes is a joint venture between Glasgow City Council and SSE, who are both members of the Sustainable Glasgow partnership.

It is expected to generate around 7.3 GWh of renewable energy every year – or enough to power 20% of the city’s streetlighting. In doing so, it will cut Glasgow’s carbon emissions by 900 tonnes every year.

The unique partnership is seen as an important early milestone in generating a clean energy supply for the city - and a key project in securing a green legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The site sits on the edge of the city’s new world class mountain bike trails, a Games venue.

The 3MW Vestas turbine took 18 weeks to construct. Scottish firm R J McLeod was the lead contractor on site and a total of 80 people were employed during the build, mostly with local small and medium enterprises. The tower sections were manufactured at Wind Towers Ltd in Machrihanish, of which 80% is owned by SSE.

Bid Champion Bailie Liz Cameron said: "Glasgow is now recognised as a global centre of excellence for renewable technology and, working with partners like SSE, we are exploiting the city’s established strengths in world class engineering and education to help build a low carbon economy.

Calum Wilson, SSE Director of Development in Scotland said: "SSE is delighted that the construction and commissioning of the turbine at Cathkin Braes is now complete. We have worked closely with our project partners, Glasgow City Council, to install a productive turbine which will generate clean green electricity for the city of Glasgow."

"The turbine at Cathkin is a new landmark for the city and we look forward to it taking centre stage at the mountain bike competition of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where SSE is the Official Energy Partner."