ScottishPower Renewables has secured consent from the UK government for the construction a wind farm in south-west Scotland.

The 288MW Kilgallioch Windfarm will be located south of Barrhill and will require an investment of about £400m.

The facility will employ 96 turbines and generate sufficient electricity to power 170,000 homes in the region.

ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson said that the proposed wind farm will contribute towards carbon reduction targets for both Scotland and the UK.

"Scotland has fantastic resources for renewable energy developments, from onshore and offshore wind power, to wave and tidal power.

"Between 2012 and 2014 we are investing a further £1.3billion in Renewables in the UK and projects like Kilgallioch are evidence of our commitment to major renewable energy projects," added Anderson.

The consent for the construction of the project comes in the wake of ScottishPower Renewables reporting generation capacity averaging at around 70% and peaking with a maximum of 85%.