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Macritch Hill

Donald MacBrayne and Sam Pettipher

Donald MacBrayne from Scottish Water and Sam Pettipher from Eneco

Scottish Water has awarded Eneco Wind UK rights to explore development of a wind farm up to 54MW on land at Backwater Reservoir near Kirriemuir in Angus.

An 18-turbine wind farm on the site would have the capacity to generate 142GWh per annum, almost a third of Scottish Water’s 445GWh annual energy requirement.

The project in Angus, to be known as Macritch Hill, is one of the potential ways that Scottish Water can become increasingly self-sufficient in its energy use.

The Scottish Government aims for renewable sources to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption by 2020.

That's why Scottish Water, one of Scotland’s biggest consumers of energy, is exploring opportunities, where appropriate, to produce renewable energy on its assets such as land or reservoirs.

Eneco is conducting a comprehensive public and stakeholder consultation which will help determine the overall scale and design of proposals.

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