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SSE Wins Approval for $273 Million Scottish Highlands Wind Farm

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- SSE Plc won approval to build a 166 million-pound ($273 million) wind farm in Scotland as the region seeks to meet its entire power demand with renewables.

The Bhlaraidh plant will have 32 turbines generating 108 megawatts, the Scottish government said today in an e-mailed statement. The Perth-based utility’s venture near Invermoriston could power about 50,900 homes, it said.

Scotland plans to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the decade from 40.3 percent in 2012 to help curb emissions and create jobs. Employment in the renewables industry rose 5 percent last year to 11,695 people compared with the previous year, according to a study commissioned by industry group Scottish Renewables.

“The Bhlaraidh wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime, and once up and running will save thousands of tons of carbon dioxide each year,” Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sally Bakewell in London at sbakewell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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