Three new windfarm proposals have been unveiled by energy company E.ON which could see 78 new turbines built around the New Cumnock and Dalmellington areas.
The company hope to built 27 turbines at Benbrack, between Dalmellington and Carsphairn, 23 turbines at Enoch Hill, south of the road between New Cumnock and Dalmellington and 28 turbines at Lorg, 10km south of New Cumnock in Dumfries and Galloway.
E.ON claim that if all three sites are built they will have an operating capacity of around 234MW.
They are launching a series of public consultation events in November to allow local people the chance to see the plans and to give their views on the proposals.
The company will send details of the development to all homes within 15km of the sites – which will include New Cumnock and Dalmellington, as well as Sanquhar, Kirkconnel, Kelloholm and Cumnock.
Nick Taylor, Project Developer at E.ON, said: “The aim of this activity is to keep the local community informed about our future plans and allow residents ample opportunity to get involved and have their say.
“These events are just the beginning of a much longer and more in-depth series of activity with the local community.
“We genuinely want to design wind farms which work for E.ON, the local community and will help Scotland achieve its renewable energy targets.
“It’s very early days for these sites, but as an experienced and responsible developer we want to ensure that the local community have their views considered throughout the development of any wind farm.”
The public consultation events will be held at:
Tuesday, November 6, 4pm – 8pm – Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn
Wednesday, November 7, 4pm – 8pm – New Cumnock Community Centre
Wednesday, November 14, 4pm – 8pm – Hillview Leisure Centre, Kelloholm
Thursday, November 15, 4pm – 8pm – Dalmellington Community Centre
Anyone unable to attend an event, but interested in discussing the sites should call 0800 096 1199, email SWScotland@eon-uk.com or visit www.eon-uk.com/swscotland.
Nick Taylor added: “When we’re developing a wind farm we spend a lot of time choosing the right site, considering all kinds of things like how it will affect people living nearby, as well as the landscape and wildlife.
“We also work closely with the local authority and stakeholders throughout the development process.
“Because there’s a lot to think about and explore, the details of each wind farm may change through the planning process.”