Arecleoch Wind Farm

An extensive wind farm in South Ayrshire, Arecleoch is situated within the Arecleoch Forest, close to the border with Dumfries & Galloway, 4½ (7 km) west southwest of Barrhill and 5½ miles (9 km) east southeast of Ballantrae. The sixty turbines are distributed over several rolling summits, which comprises some 9.2 sq. miles (24 sq. km) of plateau moorland, including Eldridge Hill, Loch Hill, Strawarren Fell, Wee Fell, Peat Hill, Park Hill and Cairn Hill of the Moil. The 2 MW turbines are built by Spanish multi-national Gamesa and have a blade diameter of 80m (262 feet). Developed, owned and operated by Scottish Power Renewables, a privatised utility which now forms part of a multi-national energy group, planning consent was received from the Scottish Government in June 2008, with construction beginning the following year. With a total power output of 120 MW, this was the fourth largest wind farm in the UK when it was commissioned in June 2011 and cost around £200 million. Entry to the site is from the A714 road, with 40 miles (65 km) of access roads and tracks being constructed on the site. Significant tracts of forest were felled to make way for the turbines.

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