Dalquhandy Wind Farm is a 10 turbine, 42 MW transmission connected project, located on a restored former opencast coal mine in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The wind farm was fully commissioned in January 2023 and is able to produce enough green electricity to supply approximately 31,000 households. During the construction phase, BayWa r.e. appointed local contractors to create a network of footpaths, which will provide recreational opportunities for the nearby communities of Douglas and Coalburn.
Dalquhandy Opencast Coal Site was once one of the largest opencast coal in Europe, operating between 1988 and 2004, extracting around 16 million tonnes of coal. Now, through the hard work of our UK team, Dalquhandy is a major renewable energy site and forms part of the surrounding area’s energy transition to clean, renewable energy.
Over 30 guests, including local councillors, the Provost for South Lanarkshire Council, and representatives from Vestas and Greencoat joined the BayWa r.e. UK team to walk along the restored footpaths, ultimately arriving at an overview platform where they were received by a piper – in true Scottish fashion!
The official ribbon cutting was done by Councillor for Clydesdale East on South Lanarkshire Council Ralph Barker and supported by BayWa r.e.'s Managing Director John Milligan, Development Manager Laura Fleming, as well as the Lead Project Manager for Wind Andrew Barber.
The group then went to the local Miner’s Welfare Centre for sandwiches and cakes, where John Milligan and the Provost for South Lanarkshire Council, Margaret Cooper, held speeches, talking about the importance of renewable energy projects, such as Dalquhandy Wind Farm, not just for the UK’s energy transition to green, domestically generated energy, but also for local communities.