December 26 (Renewables Now) - UK energy group SSE Plc (LON:SSE) has been granted consent to lift the installed capacity of the Tangy wind farm in Scotland to a maximum 80 MW from the current 18.7 MW.
The consent, granted last week by Scottish Ministers, will enable the company’s renewables unit to replace the existing 22 0.85-MW turbines at the Tangy I and II wind farms on the Kintyre peninsula with 16 more efficient machines. The new turbines will have a tip height of up to 149.9 metres (492 ft) instead of the previously consented 130 metres.
On Monday, SSE Renewables welcomed the government nod to proceed with the repowering project, named Tangy IV, saying it will now consider its market options before taking the final investment decision.
Tangy IV follows an earlier repowering proposal to implement the same 16-turbine layout but with a tip height of 125 metres. The expansion project, called Tangy III, received planning permission in 2015 as a 15-turbine scheme.
SSE’s original Tangy wind farm has been operational since 2003.