Consent granted to repower Tangy wind farm

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Scottish renewable energy developer and operator, SSE Renewables, welcomed the decision by Scottish Ministers on December 20 to grant consent enabling the repowering of Tangy wind farm.

Located around 10km north-west of Campbeltown, the existing Tangy I and II wind farms have been generating clean, renewable energy since 2003 as part of SSE Renewables’ portfolio of nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind farms across the UK and Ireland.

Tangy IV will see the existing 22-turbine site reduced to 16 turbines whilst increasing the installed capacity nearly fourfold from the current 18.7MW up to a maximum of 80MW.

To enable this the turbine tip-height will increase by nearly 20m from the previously consented 130m to 149.9m.

The reduction in turbine numbers reflects the rapid development of wind turbine technology and will allow SSE Renewables to take advantage of much more powerful turbines to maximise the energy generation potential and efficiency of the site.

Andy Gregory, SSE Renewables development project manager said: ‘We are delighted to hear that Scottish Minsters have granted consent for Tangy IV as repowering aging wind farms is fast becoming a key priority in meeting Scotland’s net-zero ambitions.

‘This consent will allow us to replace the existing Tangy turbines with fewer, but more efficient, larger-capacity machines, harnessing more of Argyll’s excellent wind resource and making use of the existing infrastructure there.’

SSE Renewables will now consider the options for a route to market for the project ahead of taking a final investment decision.