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Wind farm value revealed

A study carried out by the accountancy company PwC shows the value of the Fairburn wind farm, located near Inverness, since it came into service in early 2010.

The 40 MW site, operated by SSE, consists of 20 turbines and saw over £10m of funding remaining within the UK during the 2009 construction phase.

This was achieved through a large percentage of work being carried out by local companies.

One of the criticisms of large wind and solar projects is that these are frequently outsourced to overseas companies, due to lack of UK expertise.

Further analysis by PwC reveals that the site has generated £9.1bn towards the UK economy.

SSE head of sustainability Rachel McEwen said the contribution was similar in size to the sum generated by the 2012 London Olympics.

Ms McEwen further said that over £345,000 had been donated to local community projects from the site.