Wind Power News: Scotland
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
It is designed to offer a tangible link to communities that embrace the concept of the wind farm revolution. However, one tourism firm whose clients would sit and view the some of the largest turbines in Scotland on the prized skyline of the Scottish Borders, has warned the long-term impact on unspoilt beauty spots will outweigh the benefits offered to local people. Rob Armstrong is not opposed to green energy but claims a wind farm on the horizon beyond Hawick . . .
Noise issues during the night are continuing to plague residents in Fairlie from a test turbine site. The matter was raised on a Fairlie facebook page on Wednesday 1 February at 11.32pm when a resident asked if anyone ‘Can anyone else hear that noise like low rumbling machinery or a very big engine?’ Residents on the facebook site suggested that the noise was emanating from the Mitsubishi wind turbine at Hunterston, with one saying it was ‘driving me mad’. SSE . . .
A controversial application to erect massive turbines 447ft high in a scenic Highland glen will be decided by planning appeal inquiry. Campaigners against the 13-turbine wind farm in Glenurquhart were jubilant when Highland Council last year rejected the plan by Force 9 Energy and EDF at Cnoc an Eas in the glen, not far from Loch Ness. But their joy was short-lived when the developers lodged an appeal against the refusal of planning permission. Now Scottish Government planning reporter Timothy . . .
Hawick Community Council has become the latest organisation to declare opposition to the proposed Pines Burn wind farm near Bonchester Bridge. Members this week discussed the pros and cons of the application by Leeds-based Energiekontor UK to erect 12 turbines on the Harwood Estate and although split in opinion, they made a majority decision to object to the plans. Vice-chairman Cameron Knox presented an overview of the facts to members, emphasising the height and size of the development. He said: . . .
A village fears plans by a Swedish design and engineering company to install two giant floating wind turbines off the north Caithness coast will put off people moving to their area. Melvich Community Council says the turbines would ruin the sea view that many seek in moving to the area and could have the knock-on effect of threatening its school and care home even further. Hexicon AB has sought permission from the Scottish government, Highland Council and Orkney Islands Council . . .
It is now “almost impossible” to find a mountain from which a wind farm cannot be seen, according to a senior mountaineering figure. David Gibson, chief executive of Mountaineering Scotland, revealed his fears about the “onslaught” of onshore wind developments on the world-famous landscape of the Highlands. He said the representative body was supportive of renewable energy – but said forms of development are needed which protect the mountain landscape. Mr Gibson said: “Our members’ primary interest is in mountains . . .
A group set up to assess plans for wind turbines in Helensburgh and the surrounding area has officially objected to a proposal for two turbines at a farm in Shandon. The Turbine Evaluation Group – Helensburgh and Area (TEG-H) says that although the turbines, proposed for a hillside site near Laigh Balernock, would not be seen from Helensburgh itself, they would adversely affect the landscape of the ‘zone of theoretical visibility’ around the farm. As the Advertiser went to press, . . .
Straiton wind mast scheme given green light despite fears it could lead to new wind farm development
A controversial wind mast was given the green light – despite fears it could spoil some of Ayrshire’s most scenic spots. The 70-metre tall meteorological mast will be built south of Straiton, on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, to monitor wind speed with a view to a future wind farm development. Councillors expressed their concerns over the plan but were forced to pass it after admitting they could only decide on what was in front of them – . . .
The 10-year goldrush of wind developments has begun to fundamentally change the landscape of the north of Scotland. This is of major concern, because our wild landscapes are the main drivers of tourism and the backbone of the economy of the Highlands. Renewable energy is an important part of our nation’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gases. But so too is protection and restoration of deep peat, which keeps carbon locked in the ground. When this resource is disturbed by the . . .
The true scale of the spread of windfarms across the north of Scotland can be revealed today in a new map. Leading anti-windfarm campaigners branded it “truly shocking” last night, and a “depressing illustration” of the impact of turbines. And it sparked fresh calls for action to limit the proliferation of the controversial developments “springing up all over our hills and glens”, amid claims that the Scottish Government should be “ashamed” of the image. But Holyrood insisted it was committed . . .