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Scotland commissions two wind farms

The 56 MW Mark Hill and 120 MW Arecleoch wind farms in South Ayrshire, Scotland, have been officially opened by ScottishPower Renewables.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, says: "The opening of the Arecleoch and Mark Hill wind farms here in South Ayrshire is a significant milestone for ScottishPower Renewables. It also underlines both the rapid progress Scotland has made in clean energy generation and our industry's leading role in the wider development of a genuinely low-carbon economy across Europe.

"There are some 7 GW of renewables capacity currently installed, under construction or consented around Scotland, enabling us to exceed our target of meeting 31% of our electricity use in 2011 from renewables.”

Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola and Iberdrola Renewables, adds: "For ScottishPower Renewables, [13 June] is an especially satisfying day, because we have reached the '1000 MW mark' in wind energy generation. This clearly shows our commitment to clean energy and sustainable development in Scotland".

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