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Offshore turbines start turning

Robin Rigg
The first turbine has started producing power at the development which will eventually power about 120,000 homes

Power generation has got under way at Scotland's first offshore wind farm near the Solway coastline.

Severe weather conditions had hampered the progress of the Robin Rigg development in recent weeks.

However, developers E.ON confirmed that the first turbine had now started producing power off the coast of Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway.

A spokesman said there was still a "long, long way to go" before all 60 turbines at the site were operational.

Earlier this week it was revealed that the start of power generation had been put on hold due to bad weather.

'Fantastic news'

Ian Johnson, Robin Rigg Project Manager, said it was "fantastic news" that the project was now becoming operational.

"There's still a long, long way to go but, with the weather looking good for the next few days, we'll be looking to start the commissioning process very soon and to get a lot more turbines turning," he said.

"It should be quite a sight with all the boats out there and more and more turbines starting to turn."

Once completed the wind farm should provide enough electricity to power about 120,000 homes.



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