Fred. Olsen Renewables (FOR) has announced that the Rothes II Wind Farm in Scotland has commenced operation. The wind farm has an installed operational capacity of 41.4 MW, equivalent to generating enough electricity to power over 20,500 homes.
The project is located adjacent to the existing Rothes Wind Farm, 20km south west of Elgin and consists of 18 x Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. The operational site takes FOR’s onshore operational portfolio to 430.5 MW, representing 7 percent of the UK’s total onshore installed wind capacity or 11 percent of Scotland’s onshore installed wind capacity. A further 60MW of wind energy is either under construction or due to shortly enter construction.
FOR’s overall strategy is to participate in projects from an early stage. The company is involved in site selection, planning and construction and aims to operate the projects over their lifetime. For this project, FOR has appointed Natural Power to provide operational services on the site including 24/7 control room services, NP/ControlCentre.
David Brunt, CEO at Fred. Olsen Renewables, said, “We are very pleased to confirm that Rothes II Wind Farm construction has now concluded successfully and the site has entered into operation. Rothes I and Rothes II provide a combined installed capacity of almost 100 MW which alone represent 2.5% of Scotland’s total onshore wind capacity, helping to meet the country’s ambitious renewable energy targets.”
These projects affirm the company’s position as the UK’s leading Independent Renewable Power Producer.