THE UK renewables arm of French energy giant EDF has ramped up its commitment to developing wind farms in Scotland.

EDF Energy Renewables announced yesterday it has acquired 11 wind farms sites, which between them have the potential capacity to generate 600 megawatts (MW) of renewable power.

The farms, when developed, will mark a significant uplift in EDF’s renewable capacity in Scotland, which currently stands at 319MW. However the company said it now has more than one gigawatts of capacity in development in Scotland, including the consented 340MW Lewis Wind Farm projects.

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The investment by EDF, which acquired the sites from Partnerships for Renewables, comes in spite of concern that delays over the introduction of the Contracts For Difference regime will hinder renewable development in Scotland. Concern has also been raised over cuts to subsidies for onshore projects. One of the projects EDF acquired from PRS is at Heathland in South Lanarkshire, currently in the planning process. Planning consent has been secured for a further three – in North Lanarkshire, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Government said that while it supports onshore wind as the “lowest cost renewable technology at scale”, its policy aims to protect Scotland’s scenery and natural heritage.