Orkney is once again home to a substantial amount of wind generation with the construction at the beginning of April of two wind turbines giving 3.5 MW of installed capacity. NEG Micon commissioned its 2 MW turbine intended for offshore use at Burgar Hill where it is to be put through its paces under the island's high wind regimes. Nearby it installed its 1.5 MW model. Burgar Hill's high winds will allow accelerated stress testing of all critical components. Both machines are being monitored for performance and durability. The turbines are sited alongside the now dormant 3 MW machine built in the early eighties by NEG Micon's acquired subsidiary, Wind Energy Group. After an initial running-in period, both new turbines are to be operated as commercial generators. The 2 MW has a Scottish Renewables Obligation (SRO) supply contract and the 1.5 MW is to sell its power into the electricity pool.
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