A new windfarm that is capable of supplying electricity to over 40,000 homes has officially opened in South Ayrshire.
Dersalloch Windfarm, located on Dersalloch Hill between Straiton and Dalmellington, features 23 turbines with an installed capacity of 69MW.
Local community groups will also be boosted by a community benefits package worth more than £8.5 million over the next 25 years.
Dersalloch is the first of eight onshore windfarm projects currently being delivered by ScottishPower Renewables to increase green energy output in Scotland’s electricity sector.
Dersalloch, combined with seven other projects across Scotland, will see 221 turbines erected, with an investment of more than £650million.
When all sites come online, this unprecedented investment in clean energy will generate nearly 500MW of electricity.
Keith Anderson, chief executive of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “I’m delighted to see Dersalloch Windfarm officially starting its operational life. It has always had the potential to be a significant renewable energy project and, combined with the other windfarms we are currently constructing, will play a significant part in the future of Scotland’s energy production.”