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Europe's largest wind farm takes shape

Last month saw the erection of the first five turbines at Europe's largest windfarm.

The Whitelee site, south east of Glasgow, covers an area of 55 km2 and will eventually generate 322MW of power from 140 Siemens turbines, each 110m tall.

The output is expected to power around 200,000 homes. Before installing the turbines, an extensive infrastructure programme worth around £80M was needed. This included 87.5km of road with as much as 65% of this road floating on a deep blanket of peat. Approximately 950km of electrical cabling was also required to feed the power into the grid.

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