Beinn an Tuirc windfarm

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Beinn an Tuirc Wind Farm
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Beinn an Tuirc Wind Farm, Kintyre.
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Location near Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute
Coordinates 55°34′17″N 05°34′34″W / 55.57139°N 5.57611°W / 55.57139; -5.57611Coordinates: 55°34′17″N 05°34′34″W / 55.57139°N 5.57611°W / 55.57139; -5.57611
Status Operational
Commission date December 2001
Owner(s) ScottishPower
Power generation
Units operational 46
Nameplate capacity 30 MW

Beinn an Tuirc wind farm is a wind farm in Argyll, Scotland.

The site has 46 turbines with a total generating capacity of 30.36 MW, with each unit being a Vestas V47-660 [1], with each turbine producing 660kW, and is operated by Scottish Power.[2] It was commissioned in 2001 and started operation in 2002.[3] It cost £21 million to build.[3] The turbines were built by Danish company Vestas, which specializes in their manufacture. It is 10 miles (16 kilometres) north of Campbeltown on the slopes of the Beinn an Tuirc, the highest hill on the Kintyre peninsula.[3]

Scottish Power was awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2006 for constructing Beinn an Tuirc and Black Law wind farms with a "collaborative and responsible approach".[4] This referred to the company's practice of taking into account environmental concerns and the wishes of the local community in the wind farms' construction.[4]

One of the V47 turbines suffered a catastrophic failure in November 2007 when a brake problem led to the tower being bent in two. This was the first incident of an operational turbine tower collapsing in the UK.[5][6] The farm was closed as a precaution, but soon reopened.

In an unusual move, Scottish Power has offered local rangers £30 for every mountain hare they hand over. The idea is to re-introduce this species to an area near to the wind farm in an attempt to lure golden eagles away from the turbines. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said, "Scottish Power's approach in creating this habitat that takes into account local biodiversity is to be welcomed."[7]


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  2. ^ "Corporate Responsibility: Case Studies". Scottish Power. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  3. ^ a b c "Beinn an Tuirc Wind Farm". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  4. ^ a b "Scots firms receive royal honours". BBC News. 2006-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  5. ^ "Kintyre wind farm turbine bends and falls". Oban Times. Oban. 2007-11-15.
  6. ^ "Bent Double". Campbeltown Courier. Campbeltown. 2007-11-16. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  7. ^ Brown, Craig (2008-03-24). "Gone today… but hare tomorrow to draw eagles away from turbines". The Scotsman. Edinburgh.
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