[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Buchan monitor masts will test sites' suitability for windfarms  

Plans have been revealed to test the Buchan countryside’s suitability for future windfarm developments.

A series of 200ft monitoring masts could be installed in fields around Mintlaw and Stuartfield to record wind speeds and find the best potential locations for turbines.

New firm Buchan Power has lodged an application to build three temporary anemometers which, if they get the go-ahead, could stay in place for three years.

Three years ago, a plan to build 42 turbines on farmland five miles south of Peterhead attracted more than 1,000 complaints.

Residents in and around the rural patch claimed the 250ft windmills would spoil the landscape and the noise could make their lives a misery.

But the application, by Dudley Developments, was withdrawn before it could be discussed by local councillors.

A few months later the company went into receivership.

Buchan Power has stressed that its proposed monitoring equipment would not have a negative impact on the surrounding countryside.

A spokesman said: “In this case the wind monitoring mast, which is not located within a protected landscape, would be of slender design with guyropes that would cause little obstruction or intrusion within the landscape or have any detrimental impact on the character of the area in terms of scale or design.

“This proposal would enable windspeed data to be collected to help determine whether the site would be suitable for a wind energy development.

“There is a clear environmental and economic benefit associated with investigating the potential of these sites to generate power from harnessing the wind,” he said.

The three steel masts are proposed at agricultural land near Nether Aden and Baluss, west of Auchtydonald, near Mintlaw, and near West Knock at Stuartfield.

The public has just under two weeks to make any representations before the applications are referred to Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area committee for a decision on planning consent on April 17.

By Jamie Buchan

thisisnorthscotland.co.uk

5 April 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter