Construction begins on Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind farm

first_imgConstruction begins on Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Independent Scottish developer Muirhall Energy announced on Monday that construction has begun at the Crossdykes Wind Farm, an important step in the company’s effort to deliver Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind project.The 46 megawatt (MW) Crossdykes Wind Farm, being developed at Dumfries and Galloway, in the western Southern Uplands of Scotland, is expected to produce first power in September 2020. Muirhall Energy and its partners WWS Renewables reached financial close on the project in August — believed to be the first subsidy-free development to be project-financed, thanks to funding from Close Brothers Leasing and wind turbines to be supplied by Nordex. “We are delighted to be starting construction on what will be one of the first subsidy-free developments to come online in the UK,” said Chris Walker, Managing Director of Muirhall Energy.The milestone of construction start and the potential of delivering Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind project comes despite a complete lack of support from the U.K. Government.“Access to the Contract for Difference or some other support mechanism would make a huge difference to the economics of the sector, encouraging the build-out of some of the more challenging consented sites, therefore ensuring onshore wind makes the biggest possible contribution to meeting our net zero climate change targets whilst keeping bills down for consumers,” explained Chris Walker.More: Scottish developers announce subsidy-free onshore wind farmlast_img read more

2.2 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Colombian Caribbean Waters

first_img Colombian Coast Guard personnel seized 2.2 tons of cocaine being transported on a speedboat in the Caribbean Sea and arrested the five crew members, one of them Honduran, the Colombian National Navy announced Monday. Units of the Pacific Naval Force located and intercepted the “go-fast” boat, with three outboard motors, when it was at sea near the coast of the Colombian locality of Sapzurro, in the province of Choco. Admiral César Narváez, the commander of the Pacific Naval Force, told AFP that the seizure of the drugs was achieved using intelligence information obtained from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), supplied to the Colombian police. According to that information, the contraband, valued at around US$ 60 million, is believed to belong to the Los Urabeños criminal gang, the Navy’s announcement indicated. The 2.2 tons of cocaine, distributed across 2,200 packages, and the boat’s five crew members were turned over to the local authorities. By Dialogo September 14, 2011last_img read more