ScottishPower has received final planning consent from the Scottish government for its Harestanes windfarm, a 213MW capacity project in Dumfries and Galloway.

The GBP200 million, 71 turbine project will provide enough green energy for approximately 120,000 homes.

ScottishPower renewables managing director Keith Anderson said: We are delighted to have received planning consent. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2008, with the first turbine scheduled to arrive in early 2010.

Harestanes is our third large windfarm approval, following our successes at Whitelee and Black Law, and confirms the major role that such projects have to play in delivering targets for and making a real difference to climate change. This windfarm alone will save carbon dioxide emissions of almost 500,000 tones each year, he added.