With all the news of Scotland’s bad weather bringing in lots of environmental disasters and death, here comes something to soothe the ears, the Whitlee Wind Farm with 140 wind turbines, making it the largest onshore wind farm in Europe. Producing enough energy to supply for almost 180,000 homes each year, the Wind farm is the latest environmentally-friendly technology in the heart of traditional Scotland.
Like giants striding though the beautiful countryside, one can see the fresh Scottish breeze blowing the three arms to rotate and supply energy. The Scottish government has approved of further extension to the already existing Whitlee as part of a major package to promote renewable energy.
Martin Mathers, Community Relations Manager for energy provider Scottish Power Renewables says that:
“In the past, we’ve profited from coal and hydroelectric power as well as oil and gas from the North Sea. Now with renewable power, we’re in fantastic shape”.
Scotland, home to a quarter of Europe’s wind potential as well as tidal potential followed by 10% of the continent’s wave potential, needs an extra ounce of environmental-friendly power for its own purpose and also to supply its neighboring European countries.
The Scottish government has plans to exceed its target of generating 55% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2020. By investing in these new technologies, the country has plans not only to cover up all its needs but also to make a great contribution to Europe’s future demands.
Though Scotland is just a small country, it has its own advantages. For Energy Minister, Mather, it is trying out new solutions like in a laboratory that could serve as a model for the rest of the world.