Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling announced the commencement of construction at the Whitelee site, south of Glasgow
The £300 million project is expected to come on-line in three years, with work completed by 2009. '140 turbines will rise above Eaglesham Moor, harnessing enough wind energy to power 200,000 homes, that's most of Glasgow,' said Darling. The Government used the opening to launch a public consultation into how to attain 20% of the UK's energy from renewable sources by 2020. The Whitelee wind turbines will produce 322MW from turbines covering 55 km2 of moorland.