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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

September 24, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents hit out at new wind turbines ‘twice the height of Edinburgh’s Scott Monument’

Six giant wind farm turbines are to be built on the fringe of the Pentlands National Park, despite fears it will hit tourism and disrupt vital broadband signals for local residents. Plans had already been approved for the six turbines being built by French energy giant EDF, but a new application was submitted after they decided to increase the height of the turbines from 455ft to a new tip height of 491ft – more than twice the height of Edinburgh’s . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Newing residents wary after Viking correspondence

Residents in the Newing area of South Nesting say they feel wind farm developer SSE Renewables might try to “fob us off” after receiving “no real answers to our queries, concerns and fears”. The group of residents approached the owners of the Viking Energy wind farm earlier this summer after it emerged the developer was planning to create a large ‘borrow pit’ to extract stone for tracks and turbine bases less than 500 metres from their homes. The homeowners have . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms Ayrshire: Overhill plans knocked back by council

An application for 10 wind turbines to be installed near Dalmellington is set to be rejected by planning chiefs over size concerns. The proposed Over Hill Windfarm was earmarked for a site around 4km south-west of Dalmellington and 8km from New Cumnock. The site is dominated by poorly drained undulating peatland and is the home of the former Benbain and Chalmerston Pennyvenie opencast coal sites. The development, proposed by German company, Energiekontor, sought to create 10, 180m high (to blade . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Five new wind turbines, standing nearly 500ft high, proposed for site south of Cullen

A wind farm with five turbines almost 500ft high is being proposed at Deskford. Members of the planning and regulatory services committee will be able to give feedback on the proposal of application notice when it comes before them on September 28. Planning permission had already been granted following an appeal in February 2019 for five turbines at the site on Lurg Hill, around five mile south of Cullen, but with a height up to 426ft. The current notice put . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peeblesshire wind farm proposals are ‘intrusive’, meeting hears

Concern has been voiced that a proposed wind farm in Peeblesshire will be “pretty intrusive” if given the go-ahead. Peebles Community Council has been asked to back neighbouring community leaders in objecting to the plans for 12 turbines at Cloich Forest, near Eddleston. Although proposals have been revised to reduce the number of turbines, the height and size are said to have increased. Convenor of planning for the community council, Peter Maudsley, has changed his stance on the proposals. After . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The ‘myth’ of Scotland’s green jobs revolution as key wind tower firm CS Wind goes bust

"There is no jobs revolution - it’s a myth. The Scottish Government’s projection of nearly 50,000 jobs by 2020 comes crashing against the stark reality that for both the onshore and offshore wind sectors only 3,300 jobs were estimated to have been created by 2019. It’s a pathetic return on the billions of pounds being poured into and around Scotland's shores. It's a national scandal." Complete story »

September 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campbeltown wind turbine factory closes permanently

A wind turbine factory in Argyll has been permanently closed, with administrators now selling off equipment used at the site. Owners CS Wind effectively mothballed the Campbeltown factory, which manufactured offshore and onshore wind farm equipment, in the spring of 2020. The company said “deteriorating market conditions” had led to a lack of new contracts and declining revenues. All staff have now either left or been made redundant. Three-quarters of the 94-strong workforce had already departed in August 2020 with . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2021 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Seabird fears

The Scotsman reports “Climate change is blamed for seabird breeding numbers falling by 50 per cent” (4 September). At the same time, we are carpeting almost the entire country, plus much of our pristine seascapes with what has been described as the new “apex pedator” – hugely-destructive, lethal, industrial wind turbines. The Isle of Man wildlife charity Manx Birdlife has reported a shocking 40 per cent decline in the populations of many species of sea birds around the island’s coast . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plan to expand wind farm near Invermoriston

An application to extend a wind farm near Invermoriston has been lodged with the Scottish Government. Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension is a proposal to construct up to 18 turbines on land to the east of the existing wind farm and it would have an installed capacity in excess of 100 megawatts. If the application is approved by the Scottish Government, it will add to SSE Renewables’ significant investment in the Highlands. Project manager Craig Cunningham said: “Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fear wind farm plan could become latest example of ‘democratic deficit’

Campaigners have urged the Scottish Government not to let the latest wind farm bid in Dumfries and Galloway become another example of “democratic deficit”. As reported in the Galloway Gazette the Scottish Government is currently considering an application by Falck for the Mochrum Fell development, near Corsock. It comes after Dumfries and Galloway Council were unable to reach a decision on a revised application that was submitted last Octiober, which would see the height of the turbines increased from the . . . Complete story »

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