By Terresa Gaffney
PLANS for controversial Glenkens windfarm sites took a step forward this week.
Scottish and Southern Energy Group announced that SSE Generation Ltd have submitted an application to Scottish ministers to build a grid connection for its proposed wind farm site at Blackcraig, near New Galloway.
The Blackcraig grid connection will be some 9.5km long, running from the proposed wind farm sub-station at Blackcraig Hill to the existing ScottishPower overhead line which runs through the Glenkens.
Meanwhile, the campaign group, Galloway Landscape and Renewable Energy, which has already voiced its opposition to Blackcraig, rejected pleas to give their support to a neighbouring scheme at Margree, Corsock.
Following “extensive local consultation and detailed survey work”, a decision was taken to place a short section of the Blackcraig connection underground where it crosses the A712, with the rest being carried on wooden poles.