Lord Smith said:
“When I look back at my time with SSE, in what is an ever changing energy sector, Beauly Denny was one of the few constants – not least because of the long-term nature of the project and the lengthy planning process it went through.
“Following its successful energisation back in November 2015, it is important to recognise the enormous contribution the line has made to Scotland’s thriving renewable energy sector. It was the first, vital piece of a jigsaw that is still coming together today, unlocking Scotland’s vast renewable potential that has recently seen the installed capacity of renewables supported by the north of Scotland transmission network rise to over 4,500 megawatts of generation capacity.
“That’s a truly remarkable achievement which is contributing in no small part to national and local climate change and renewable energy targets, as well as helping to maintain security of electricity supply.”
David Gardner added:
“We are delighted to welcome colleagues past and present, as well as some of our key external partners, to celebrate the final phase of tower removal from the Cairngorms National Park.
“Whilst electricity transmission towers will continue to play a key role for many years to come in keeping the lights on and facilitating economic activity and growth, the Beauly-Denny project provided a unique opportunity to look again at the existing infrastructure within the Cairngorms National Park.
“Through a number of planning conditions that were agreed during the planning process, we have been able to remove significant sections of existing transmission infrastructure from the Cairngorms National Park, delivering a lasting legacy for current and future generations.”