West Browncastle Wind Farm

West Browncastle Wind Farm is situated on the western boundary of South Lanarkshire, immediately to the southeast of Whitelee Wind Farm and 5½ miles (9 km) west of Strathaven. The farm comprises twelve Nordex N100 turbines, each producing 2.5 megawatts (MW) of power, giving a total generation capacity of 30 MW. The towers are 80m (262 feet) in height, and the blade diameter is 100m (328 feet) giving a height to blade tip of 129.9m (426 feet). The optimal wind speed is 15 metres/second (34 mph) but generation begins at 5 m/s (11 mph) and the turbines stop at 25 m/s (56 mph) for reasons of safety.

Planning permission was granted in November 2011, work began on site in August 2012 and West Browncastle was commissioned in August 2014. Nordex AG were the main contractors, with I & H Brown Ltd. of Perth appointed as the civil engineering subcontractor, responsible building the access tracks, bridges, substation and tower foundations.

The project was developed by Falck Renewables and Coriolis Energy. Ownership is shared with the community through the Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Co-operative in conjunction with Energy4All. There is also a community trust fund, which gets a proportion of the annual income from the wind farm, and supports community projects.

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