Clyde Wind Farm
- Category: Renewables
- Energy type: Onshore wind
- Project type: Asset
Clyde Wind Farm is one of Europe’s biggest operational windfarms. Clyde Windfarm (Scotland) Ltd is a joint venture partnership between SSE, Greencoat UK Wind Plc and GMPF & LPFA Infrastructure LLP (“GLIL”). For more information about our Partners please click on the link at the bottom of the page.
Located south of Biggar in the Southern Uplands, it has 206 turbines with an installed capacity 522MW. Clyde wind farm generates enough renewable energy to power over 290,000 homes.
Clyde wind farm has a community investment fund valued up to £58 million. We operate a leading community investment programme, delivering financial support to a diverse range of community projects near to our renewable developments in the UK and Ireland. Please visit our Communities page for more information.
Clyde wind farm was constructed in two stages, the inital site was granted permission by Scottish Ministers in July 2008 with construction commencing in 2009. At the peak of construction over 400 people were employed on the site Over the next two years 152 turbines were constructed, making the first grid connection taking place in 2011 .
Following the success of the first site an extension was developed. Scottish Ministers granted consent in July 2014 to build a 54 turbine site. Positioned in the land surrounding Camps Reservoir to the north-east of the operational site Clyde Extension created an infill between the central and north sections of the existing Clyde Wind Farm.
Both construction projects have contributes over £220 of socio-economic benefits to the Scottish economy during construction and operation including job creation, skills training, opportunities for local and Scotland-wide businesses. In operation Clyde wind farm employs over 50 full time staff.
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.
Crawford Play Park, pictured above, was officially opened in June 2016. The play park was funded Clyde Wind Farm Fund and the Clyde Extension Wind Farm Fund.
Please visit our Communities page for more information.
Visitors – Outdoor Access
If you are keen to visit Clyde wind farm then we have some great access stiles set up across the site with more to come once the extension moves out of its construction phase and becomes operational. Maps can be downloaded below to ensure that if you are planning on visiting us you don’t get lost.
The site covers a large area of land and weather conditions can vary greatly – preparation is key. Plan your route and be realistic about what you can manage. It is also important to ensure you have warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear and that you stay on the access tracks. Mobile phone reception varies on site and can not be relied upon so it is also helpful to let someone know where you are and when to expect you back!
Scotland provides many great opportunities for outdoor access. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 ensures everyone has statutory access rights to most of Scotland’s outdoors. The Scottish Outdoor Access code provides detail on these responsibilities with the three key principles being to:- respect the interest of other people, care for the environment and take responsibility for your own actions. For more information about the Code please click here: http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/the-act-and-the-code/introduction
Outdoor access leaflets
Greencoat UK Wind Plc (“UKW”)
Greencoat UK Wind Plc is the leading renewable infrastructure fund, invested in 20 operating UK wind farms with net generating capacity of 436 MW (including its shareholding in Clyde). UKW is managed by an experienced team of senior executives from Greencoat Capital LLP, is listed on the LSE main market and included in the FTSE-250 index, and is overseen by a strong and experienced independent board.
Greencoat Capital is a leading European renewable investment manager with over £1.5 billion of equity under management across a number of funds in wind infrastructure, solar infrastructure and private equity.
GMPF & LFPA Infrastructure LLP (“GLIL”)
GLIL Infrastructure LLP was formed in April 2015 as a 50/50 joint venture between the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and London Pensions Fund Authority to increase their exposure to infrastructure, deliver long-term returns that match their liabilities and provide much needed investment in major UK infrastructure projects.
On the 1st December 2016, 3 additional partners were admitted, the Lancashire County Pension Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund, and West Yorkshire Pension Fund, increasing commitments to £1.3bn.
GLIL’s focus is on investment UK infrastructure assets using a wide variety of instruments and unlimited holding period. To date GLIL has invested over £250m in 3 UK infrastructure projects.
Modern Slavery Statement
Clyde wind farm (Scotland) Ltd has zero tolerance of modern slavery in all its different forms, both in its business and in its supply chain. Clyde wind farm (Scotland) Ltd is signed up to SSE’s Modern Slavery Statement responding to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement sets out the steps taken by SSE since April 2017 to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking existing within its business and supply chains. Please read the full statement here