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Two 'little' turbines to be unveiled 


Plans for two mini wind farm projects near Dumfries have been unveiled.

Each would involve just two turbines and the company behind the proposals reckons they could produce five megawatts of power, enough for 5,500 homes.

The sites are both in agricultural areas at at Barnbackle, roughly two kilometres west of Lochfoot and at Doon Hill, two kilometres west of Kirkgunzeon.

Natural Power Consultants, the Dumfries and Galloway based company behind the plans, said the “small-scale wind energy projects” which connect to the local distribution electricity network and support local sustainable farming diversification.

Emily Peaston, project manager, Natural Power Consultants said: “We are excited about these projects and the new opportunity for landowners to not only contribute to renewable energy but also derive a useful source of extra income.

“The location, scale and number of turbines has been selected sensitively with regard to visibility, landscape and local amenity.

“We will continue to liaise closely with the local communities surrounding our proposals, as our application moves through the planning process.”

The company has arranged two public exhibitions giving details of its plans at Lochfoot village hall on Wednesday, September 20 from 2pm to 8pm and at Maxwell Hall, Kirkgunzeon, the following day from 2pm to 8pm.

Planning applications have to be lodged with the council.

The project manager added: “If approved, the two projects could supply the equivalent of annual domestic electricity requirements of over 5,500 homes or about 40 per cent of annual domestic electricity demand for Dumfries or nearly 9 per cent of the electricity demand in Dumfries and Galloway.”

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