Fred Olsen Renewables has welcomed the approval by Scottish Ministers of its application to develop Windy Standard III Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

The firm has been involved with the wind farm, located North East of Carsphairn and 10km south of New Cumnock, since 1996.

It currently consists of 66 turbines and, combined with the newly consented extension, will be capable of producing more than 150MW of electricity.

The 20-turbine project is an extension to Windy Standard I and Windy Standard II. These three projects combined will deliver enough electricity to power the

equivalent of 131,285 homes annually and deliver over £15m in a community benefit fund.

With construction anticipated to commence in 2024, Windy Standard III will be fully operational by 2026.

Finley Becks-Phelps, UK Development Director, at Fred. Olsen Renewables commented: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has granted consent for this application.

“We look forward to working closely with local residents to make sure that the social and economic benefits of the project are realised, and maximised, locally.”