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Winds of change over landscape  

ANNANDALE and Eskdale will have 20 wind turbines operational by the spring in a multi-million pound investment.

But it is just a drop in the ocean compared to the possible 372 which could cumulatively alter the area’s landscape over coming years.

Nine 120-metre-high wind turbines have so far been erected out of 16 in a £40million scheme by Airtricity Development Scotland at Risp Hill on Minsca Farm between Waterbeck and Lockerbie.

A huge £4 million crane is lifting the turbines into place.

Once up and running by late spring, the 42.5 MW windfarm will generate enough electricity to supply 26,000 homes.

They join four turbines already in place at Carlesgill, East of Langholm.

Work on the approved 71-turbine windfarm at Harestanes, Ae Forest, near Moffat, has yet to start.

Scottish minister are still to determine CRE Energy’s for 22 wind turbines, which will stand 111.5 metres tall at Ewe Hill near Waterbeck.

The plans were approved by councillors in 2004.

And also for the proposed 161 turbine Clyde windfarm North East of Moffat in South Lanarkshire which will have a cumulative effect on Upper Annandale with Harestanes.

Plans for a 21 turbine Solwaybank windfarm north of Gretna are in the early scoping stages.

As is a proposed 26-turbine windfarm at Newfield near Sibbaldbie.

Newfield, like the proposed Earlshaugh scheme, which would see 36 turbines at the Devil’s Beef Tub near Moffat, would be determined by the Scottish Ministers and not the council.

Although 15 turbines at Minnygap near the Ae Forest were refused by the council in September, it could be appealed.

Jan 11 2008


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