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Windfarm plans for Southend

Plans for a 16-turbine wind farm at Southend will be unveiled to residents at a public meeting on Tuesday at the village primary school.

Kilchattan Wind Farm Limited is proposed as a joint venture between Wind Prospect Developments and Ridge Wind; the two companies that are putting forward the plans for the Kilchattan Wind Farm, will be holding an exhibition at Southend Primary School from 4pm until 8pm to discuss the proposal and answer any questions the community may have.

Maps showing where the proposed wind turbines would be and computer generated images of how the wind farm would look from a number of local viewpoints will be presented at the exhibition.

The Kilchattan Wind Farm development proposes using 16 of the 850kW Vestas V52 or similar, wind turbines, each with a tower height of up to 55m and blade length of 26m.

The proposed wind farm site is approximately 3km north of the village. The site is currently rough grazing land. Each turbine would be a maximum height to its blade tip of 81m.

The developers say that the wind farm would provide enough clean green energy to meet the equivalent needs of over 7,500 homes. The claim is that it would also prevent approximately 30,000 tonnes of the harmful greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, from being discharged into the atmosphere every year.

Wind Prospect, which is acting as agents for Kilchattan Wind Farm Ltd is a leading independent wind energy developer, constructor and operator, working in the UK, Ireland, China, Australia, New Zealand and Canada; to date, it has developed or constructed more than 50 projects across the world. Sarah Dooley, development manager for the project said: ‘Wind energy is both clean and reliable and will play an increasingly important part in Scotland’s future energy mix, supplying electricity whilst at the same time helping to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Scotland has a vast wind energy resource and this project represents a real opportunity for Argyll and Bute to increase its contribution to the need for green energy generation.’

She added: ‘When developing this clean, sustainable, everlasting energy supply we encourage local ownership and investment and contracts with local companies wherever possible. We aim to develop wind energy projects in partnership with local communities, whilst offering opportunities for rural diversification.’

Campbeltown Courier

14 September 2007