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Solway offshore turbines hit full speed

Robin Rigg
The turbines can meet the electricity needs of about 117,000 homes

Scotland's first offshore wind farm near the Solway coastline has reached full operation as its 60th turbine has started energy production.

The Robin Rigg scheme between Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria has suffered a number of delays during construction.

Developers E.ON said it would make a "significant contribution" in meeting renewable energy targets.

The 180 megawatt scheme is able to produce enough electricity to supply about 117,000 homes.

Michael Lewis, European Renewables Managing Director for E.ON, said he was delighted the wind farm was up and running.

"It's been a really exciting time for us, and particularly the team that has worked so hard to get to this point," he said.

"Not only does Robin Rigg represent a significant contribution to the government's renewable energy targets, it is also a significant asset within our own portfolio and we're incredibly proud of that.

"We can now look forward to building bigger schemes, like the London Array, the Humber Gateway and our Round 3 project off the coast of Hastings, using the knowledge that we've gained by building Robin Rigg."

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