Rothes II received consent for 18 turbines in January 2010. The construction of the wind farm commenced summer 2012 and started operating in the second quarter of 2013.
Rothes II Wind Wind Farm is an extension of the Rothes Wind Farm, located 20 km south west of Elgin on the west coast of Scotland. The site is located close to the city of Elgin on the east coast of Scotland. The wind farm consist of 18 turbines, each rated at 2.3 MW, giving a total installed capacity of 41.4 MW. The turbines are Siemens 2.3 MW . The rotor diameter is 93m and the height of the towers are 78.5m. The wind farm is metered at site and exported through the existing cables used for Rothes I.
The turbines are maintained under a contract with Siemens. Each turbine is monitored 24 hours a day seven days a week and any maintenance are carried out by specially trained and qualified technicians. As well as maintaining the turbines for safety and energy production the on-site team are responsible for monitoring the local ecology such as water tables, stream water quality and maintaining the natural plant and animal life around the wind farm.
The power is sold under a long term PPA power purchase contracts with Statkraft. Rothes II is able to provide electricity generation equivalent to the consumption of 22.000 homes on an annual average basis.
Rothes II Wind Farm has established a community benefit fund as part of its ongoing commitments to communities in the vicinity of the wind farm. The purpose of the fund is to enable communities to carry out improvements to their local area in ways which benefit the local environment, local amenities or tourism.
Whilst we build and operate wind farms we also focus on reducing the impact on local communities and the area’s ecology. Each year the wind farm allocates an amount of money to the community council, which administers its disbursement to the community.
Consideration will be given to all types of project which benefit the local community and permission to proceed will be granted for ideas which successfully fulfil the aims of the scheme. Applications will be dealt with on receipt of the application form that is available from your local Community Council.