THE German renewables company which has won planning permission for a controversial wind farm near Hawick announced yesterday that it will be the first wind farm in Scotland built without a state subsidy. In an announcement, AG said the 48 MW Pines Burn development of 12 turbines with total heights of between 130 and 150 metres would be ready for for construction next year. In a major development for the Scottish onshore wind industry, the company said the development would be subsidy-free, and claimed it would be the first such wind farm in Scotland following its success in building a wind farm without subsidy in Yorkshire. According to the company’s statement yesterday the Pines Burn development sees Energiekontor engaged in advanced negotiations with a major international company as a potential partner for a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Szabo added: “Energiekontor has built up a significant project pipeline in Scotland over the past few years, where the conditions for developing wind farms are extremely good. The projects are large in size, and the wind speeds here at altitudes of 80 to 100 metres above ground level are speeds that are otherwise only found offshore. “The planned PPAs form the economic basis for setting up wind farms in Scotland. This will help us to do without state subsidies, and will further strengthen Scotland as our second regional pillar in addition to the German market.
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