Vattenfall and Greencoat Wind agree go-ahead for South Kyle wind farm

Vattenfall has announced it will begin construction of its largest UK onshore wind farm, known as South Kyle, once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. A timeline for construction is yet to be confirmed, but Vattenfall currently plans for the 240MW wind farm to be in commercial operation in Q1 2023.

Greencoat UK Wind will acquire thewind farm once construction is completed and Vattenfallwill manage the asset on Greencoat’s behalf for a minimum of 10 years and purchase the power for 15 years.

The agreement includes£38 million community benefit investment over the lifetime of the wind farm. This will be shaped by the needs of the communities of Dalmellington, Patna, New Cumnock and Carsphairn.

Frank Elsworth, Vattenfall’s head of market development for UK Onshore, said,

“We are delighted that our agreement with Greencoat UK Wind means we can fulfil our commitments to the local community and contribute to major investment in the area. Onshore wind in Scotland has the potential to make a significant contribution to reaching net zero and is the cheapest form of renewable energy generation that brings us closer to that goal.”