Arecleoch Wind Farm

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Arecleoch Wind Farm
Several wind turbines with a gravel path leading around them.
Arecleoch Wind Farm
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Location South Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°03′12″N 04°52′56″W / 55.05333°N 4.88222°W / 55.05333; -4.88222Coordinates: 55°03′12″N 04°52′56″W / 55.05333°N 4.88222°W / 55.05333; -4.88222
Status Operational
Construction began 2009
Commission date June 2011
Owner(s) ScottishPower Renewables
Operator(s) Scottish Power
Wind farm
Type Onshore
Power generation
Units operational 60 X 2 MW
Make and model Gamesa: G80
Nameplate capacity 120 MW

Arecleoch Wind Farm is a 60 turbine wind farm in South Ayrshire, Scotland with a total capacity of 120 megawatts (MW), enough to power over 67,000 homes.[1] Construction started in 2009 and it was commissioned in June 2011.[1][2]

Incidents

In January and February 2016 there were two separate incidents of a turbine catching fire overnight while the site was unmanned due to faults in the mechanism housing. The turbines were destroyed and were disassembled and removed from site. Scottish Power reported to the Sunday Mail on 10 April 2016 they were investigating these incidents along with the manufacturer Gamesa. [3]

In December 2016 a third turbine caught fire during high winds while it was switched off for maintenance.[4] The turbine was left to burn itself out and was destroyed.

In October 2017 a fourth turbine caught fire and was also left to burn itself out and was destroyed.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b UK Operational Wind Farms – Renewable UK Accessed 27 September 2011
  2. ^ Arecleoch Wind Farm – Renewables Map Accessed 27 September 2011
  3. ^ "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  4. ^ "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27.


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