German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has won a contract to supply turbines for the Crossdykes project in Scotland.

Independent Scottish developer Muirhall Energy has started construction at the Crossdykes windfarm, which is located 13km north-east of Lockerbie. The company is working with partners WWS Renewables on the project

The subsidy-free onshore windfarm, which is expected to generate power from 2020, has a total installed capacity of up to 48MW but generation is capped at 46MW.

Muirhall managing director Chris Walker said: “We are delighted to be starting construction on what will be one of the first subsidy-free developments to come online in the UK.

“That is a testament to the work we have done as a company, but also the flexibility shown by all of our partners, such as the Nordex Group, as we finalised our plans for the project.”

Under the contract, Nordex will deliver ten N133/4.8 units from the Delta4000 series for the windfarm. The contract also includes the provision for providing maintenance and service to the wind farm for a period of 20 years. The 4.8MW capacity turbines will be deployed on a 110m tower.

Upon completion in 2020, the windfarm will be able to supply clean electricity for 45,000 households. Muirhall Energy will operate “Crossdykes” without government funding.

Nordex Group CSO Patxi Land said: “The wind farm will be operated without financial support from the government. This shows that the production of electricity from wind power using the latest technology at very good sites can compete with conventional sources of energy.”