The first wind turbine at the new South Kyle Wind Farm has been installed.

The milestone was achieved earlier this month when Turbine E02 – located in the southern part of the wind farm – became the first of South Kyle’s 50 turbines to be assembled and installed.

It comes almost two years after preparation work began on the site between the villages of New Cumnock, Dalmellington and Carsphairn.

South Kyle is Vattenfall’s largest onshore development in the UK. With a capacity of 240MW, it will generate enough electricity to meet the demand of approximately 170,000 UK homes annually say the firm.

Once complete, it will also generate a fund for local communities worth an estimated £38million over 25 years.

Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s Project Director for South Kyle, said: “I am delighted to see the first wind turbine installed at South Kyle. It is a demonstration of the hard work of our construction team. This signals a new phase of the construction programme of this major renewable energy project here in South West Scotland. I look forward to reaching the next milestone of first power, producing fossil fuel free electricity later this summer.”