Iberdrola Wins Approval for $620 Million Scottish Wind Farm

Iberdrola SA’s ScottishPower Renewables unit won government approval for a 400 million-pound ($620 million) wind farm after scaling back the number of turbines at the Scottish site to allay environmental concerns.

The 288-megawatt Kilgallioch wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, boasting 96 turbines, will power more than 170,000 homes, the company said today in a statement. Initial plans included 132 turbines producing 396 megawatts.

Scotland has a target to get all its power from renewable sources by the end of the decade, compared with about 27 percent in 2011. Planned wind parks are presented to local groups for consultation to address potential concerns that they’ll have a detrimental effect on the environment or communities.

The Kilgallioch project, Iberdrola’s second-largest onshore wind farm, will take two years to build starting in late 2014 or early the following year. The biggest onshore wind plant in the U.K. is the 539-megawatt Whitelee venture, according to ScottishPower, also the project’s developer.