[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

when your community is targeted


RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Windfarm shut down pledge over radar fears 

Proposed wind turbines at Gathercauld, near Ceres, would be shut down if they affected the radar at RAF Leuchars, the company behind the project said this week.

EnergieKontor has written to Fife Council saying it was willing for a planning condition to that effect to be part of its five-turbine windfarm project.

The letter from EnergieKontor general manager Judith Cornfield was in response to Ministry of Defence concerns the turbines would cause “unmanageable interference” to the air traffic control radar at the airbase.

Jon Wilson, of the Defence Estates safeguarding team, said all but one of the turbines would be in direct line of sight of the radar to some degree.

“Where rotating turbine blades are visible to a radar they will create radar returns which can appear as a solid moving object similar to an aircraft,” said Mr Wilson.

“The proposed development could therefore inhibit the use of the radar controlled air traffic approaches to RAF Leuchars and degrade the safety of both civilian and military aircraft in this area.”

But Ms Cornfield said the line of sight would be blocked by both terrain and shielding by the wood at St Andrews Wells, as described in the windfarm’s environmental impact assessment.

“EnergieKontor have a legal agreement whereby trees in the
wood cannot be lopped, pruned or felled during the life of the windfarm and trees may be replaced with new mature trees if necessary,” she said.

“EnergieKontor are also willing to enter into a planning condition whereby if the trees in the wood should be damaged (e.g. by wind or fire) such that the wind turbines at Gathercauld do affect the radar at RAF Leuchars then the turbines will be switched off until the shielding due to the trees has been restored.”

Mr Wilson said the land controlled by EnergieKontor might contain sites where turbines could be built and operated without causing unacceptable radar interference.

“The MOD is willing to work with the applicant to try to identify and assess alternative locations for the turbine to enable this development scheme to proceed.”

The Gathercauld windfarm application has attracted hundreds of objections from groups and individuals.

By Janet Howie

Fife Today

9 August 2007

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon