September 7, 2006

Turbines planned for Kirkgunzeon area

PLANS for two small wind energy projects at Barnbackle, approximately 2km west of Lochfoot and Doon Hill, 2km west of Kirkgunzeon, have been unveiled.

The proposal is for each project to consist of two wind turbines with a combined generation capacity of up to 5 megawatts. Both are set in agricultural countrysaide between the A711 and A75 roads.

Natural Power Consultants, the Dumfries and Galloway based company behind the proposals, describes them as small-scale wind energy projectswhich connect to the local distribution electricity network and support local sustainable farming diversification.

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

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

As part of the public consultation, Natural Power has arranged two public exhibitions to introduce its plans to the local communities around the site. Venues, dates and times are: Lochfoot – Village Hall, Wednesday September 20, 2pm – 8p; and Kirkgunzeon – Maxwell Hall, Thursday September 21, 2pm – 8pm

In due course, it is envisaged that planning applications will be submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

If approved, the two small energy projects could, on average, supply the equivalent of annual domestic electricity requirements of over 5,500 local homes or about 40 per cent of annual domestic electricity demand for

Dumfries or nearly nine per cent of the electricity demand of all domestic homes in Dumfries and Galloway.

Developers say that, once operational, the wind farms would also deliver important environmental benefits. Over its lifetime, it is estimated that the wind farm could reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming, by approximately 22,600 tonnes.

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