The construction of the project commenced in January 2004 and the wind farm started full operation in May 2005. The site is located close to the city of Elgin on the east coast of Scotland. The wind farm consist of 22 turbines, each rated at 2,3 MW, giving a total installed capacity of 50,6 MW. The turbines are Siemens 2,3 MW CS. The rotor diameter is 82 metres and the height of the towers are 58.5 metres. The wind farm is connected to the electrical grid system via 33kV underground cables to the SSE plc (Scottish & Southern Energy) substation in Moray.
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 windfarm.
The power is sold under a long term PPA power purchase contracts with EON UK. Rothes is able to provide electricity generation equivalent to the consumption of 27.000 homes on an annual average basis.
Rothes 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.