Iberdrola Unit Starts Building 300 Million-Pound U.K. Wind Farm

ScottishPower Renewables Ltd., a unit of Iberdrola SA, started building a 300 million-pound ($468.5 million) wind farm in Scotland.

The unit of Spain’s largest utility on Tuesday said it had started construction of the project in South Ayrshire. Once complete, it will generate enough electricity for 130,000 homes. It will comprise 96 turbines for a capacity of as much as 239 megawatts, ScottishPower said in a statement on its website. It’s expected to start working in 2017.

“This will be ScottishPower Renewables’ second largest windfarm and the third largest overall in the U.K.,” said Staurt Mason, construction director for the unit. “We currently have more than 1.5 gigawatts of installed onshore wind capacity in the U.K., and Kilgallioch will help us on our way to achieving a 2-gigawatt milestone -- enough to power over 1 million homes.”

The U.K. government last month said it plans to halt assistance from one of its subsidy programs for new onshore wind farms year early than planned. That decision meets an election pledge by the ruling Conservatives to end support. The clean-energy industry criticized the move, saying it would hurt the cheapest form of large-scale renewable power.