ScottishPower's main rival in Scotland, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), plans to begin work this year on three projects. Having gained consent for a 20 MW wind plant at Artfield Fell, near Glenluce in south-west Scotland, it hopes to begin construction in the next few months. The £15 million project should begin generating in the first half of 2005. Just a few months earlier, SSE was granted consent for a 130 MW wind farm at Hadyard Hill in South Ayrshire, also in south-west Scotland. The project is sited in an area used by military pilots for tactical training. Despite the Ministry of Defence's initial concerns that the wind farm would restrict the area available for low flying, it demonstrated a new willingness to engage with wind developers and withdrew its objection. SSE says that Hadyard Hill could be generating by summer 2005. The company's third wind farm to start construction this year is an 11 MW project at Spurness on Sanday in the Orkney Islands, which it acquired from Spurness Wind Energy. The first three NEG Micon turbines of the £8.3 million project are expected to be operational by the end of the year. Consent is in place for a fourth turbine to be added later.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol