Vestas has secured a 36 MW order for the second phase of the Sandy Knowe wind project in Scotland from ERG, one of the leading wind energy operators in the European market. The project will consist of ten V112-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.6 MW operating mode. In November 2020, Vestas was awarded the contract for the 50 MW first phase of the project from the same customer. The twin projects will be located in the area of Dumfries & Galloway Council in South-West Scotland.
With this deal, Vestas strengthens its presence in the UK onshore wind market, where the company has been active for more than 30 years and has installed more than 2,000 wind turbines with a total capacity of around 4.2 GW up to date.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with ERG in Scotland and we are proud to continue our contribution to the country’s impressive transition to a renewable energy system. It is a perfect match that COP26, the world’s most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris agreement, will take place here later this year”, states Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe.
By 2030, Scotland targets to cover 50 percent of the energy demand in the areas of electricity, heat and transport with renewable energies. According to latest figures from the national authorities, onshore wind delivers about 70 percent of Scotland’s renewable electricity, followed by hydro and offshore wind as the main sources of renewable energy.
The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a long-term Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. The project will also feature a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution, lowering turbine downtime and thus optimising the energy output.