Cycle Group at Whitelee Wind Farm, Eaglesham, Scotland.

Cycle Group at Whitelee Wind Farm, Eaglesham, Scotland.

This evening, I am reporting on today’s small group cycle ride around Whitelee Wind Farm, near Eaglesham, south of Glasgow, Scotland.  This is the largest onshore wind farm in the U.K. with a complement of 215 turbines which generate  539 Megawatts, sufficient to power over 300,000 homes.

The route covers 8.5 miles.

Whitelee encourages visitors to which end provides a visitor centre, free access and cycling and walking trails extending to 130 kilometers. There are also guided bus tours of the site.

Other facts concerning the wind turbines:

  • Each generates 2.3 Megawatts of electricity.
  • Manufactured by Siemens and Alstom.
  • The towers stand 110 metres tall from base to blade tip and are made from steel.
  • Turbine blades are 45 metres long and are made from fibre glass and wood.
  • Each turbine has a three-bladed horizontal axis.

The site is owned by Scottish Power, a major utility company.

In good weather, the elevated position affords good views over the local landscape.

Cycling group at Whitelee Windfarm, Scotland.

Cycling group at Whitelee Windfarm, Scotland.

Lochgoin, Whitelee Windfarm, Scotland.

Lochgoin, Whitelee Windfarm, Scotland.

Cycling Whitelee Windfarm, Scotland.

Cycling Whitelee Windfarm, Scotland.

Aspect of Whiteleee Wind Farm, Scotland.

Aspect of Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland.

Trail through Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland.

Trail through Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland.

Lochgoin at Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland.

Lochgoin at Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland.

Looking at the bigger picture:

  • The U.K. is projected to fail in its target of producing 15% of total energy from renewables by 2020.
  • Wind turbines produce electricity 70-85 pct. of the time.
  • Over each year, a turbine will typically generate 30 pct. of maximum theoretical output.

Sitting somewhat incongruously in midst of latest technology is the historic site known as Dunwan Hill (below). There is speculation that it may have been an Iron-Age fort but more likely the location of  a high status dwelling place from the 1st millennium AD.

Dunwan Hill, Eaglesham Moor, Scotland.

Dunwan Hill, Eaglesham Moor, Scotland.

This site has another historical connection in that, close by, Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess crash landed on May 10th., 1941 in an abortive attempt to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany.

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