ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) released figures today showing that the installed capacity of their green energy projects almost doubled during 2008, from 382MW to 665MW. This means that the company is now able to power over 370,000 homes with clean, green energy produced from renewable sources.
The figures also showed that ScottishPower Renewables generated 1,227 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity over the course of the year, an increase of 118% on 2007.
Major successes for the company during 2008 included the construction of over 100 turbines at Whitelee Windfarm, near Glasgow, which recently became Europe’s largest on-shore windfarm and will consist of 140 turbines by summer 2009.
The company also received consent for their first offshore windfarm, the 500MW West of Duddon Sands project near Barrow-in-Furness, and announced feasibility plans for the largest tidal stream projects in the world at sites in Scotland.
Keith Anderson, Director, ScottishPower Renewables, said: “The past year has seen incredible growth for the business, and the fact that we have nearly doubled our installed capacity is down to the hard work of all our teams who look after projects stretching from Cornwall to Caithness. We have grown from a workforce of 90 to 140 in this time, and prospects for future growth remain strong with major interests in Offshore and Marine renewables.”