When built in 2002, Bowbeat was Scotland's most powerful wind farm. The wind farm was officially opened by former Energy Minister Brian Wilson.
The construction of Bowbeat was very challenging and took a year to complete. Access to the site was made up of several kilometres of reinforced forest track to help the construction vehicles and cranes up the site's steep slopes. However, with an average wind speed of around 9.5 metres per second, it’s that same tough terrain that makes Bowbeat an excellent location for a wind farm.
In 2015, Bowbeat wind farm generated enough energy to supply nearly 16,000* homes.
*Based on an annual average domestic household consumption of 4,115kWH (source: Renewable UK)
||Moorfoot Hills, Scottish Borders
||50m to hub, 80m to tip