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Glens of Foudland Wind Farm

The first wind farm to be built in Aberdeenshire, this controversial scheme was also the first developed by Centrica, the parent company of Scottish Gas. The Glens of Foudland Wind Farm comprises twenty Danish-built Bonus turbines and is located 5½ miles (9 km) east southeast of Huntly in the Strathbogie district of NW Aberdeenshire, occupying the slopes of the the Hill of Bainshole and Play Hill. Representing a £31 million development and commissioned in July 2005, each of these turbines produces 1.3 MW of power, giving a total generation capacity for the site of 26 MW. The turbines are mounted on towers 46m (150 feet) in height and the blade diameter is 62m (203 feet), giving a total height of 78m (255 feet). Developed by Renewable Energy Systems, construction began in June 2004. The civil engineering works were the responsibility of contractors R.J. McLeod of Dingwall. The turbines and towers arrived at Aberdeen Harbour in February 2005 and were delivered to the site using specially-designed vehicles. The farm was officially opened by local school-children in September 2005. Power is inserted into the National Grid at Huntly and Insch.

Centrica sold a 50% stake to investment management company EIG Global Energy Partners in 2009 and the two set up GLID Windfarms to manage their joint assets. The local community benefits from the development through the Glens of Foudland Wind Farm Community Trust.


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