Plans for more wind turbines in the Glenkens have come under fire from a local pressure group.
Turbine Watch 312 (TW312) hit out at energy giants E.ON after they revealed last week they were looking to develop as many as 55 turbines on two sites at Loch Doon near Carsphairn.
It follows other proposals to create projects at Quantans Hill and Loch Urr, with their turbine tally totalling more than 130 in the Glenkens if all four schemes got the go ahead.
And they are also looking at two sites just across the border in South Ayrshire.
Tw312’s Keith Mycock said: “Unfortunately we are expected to just sit back and watch the relentless stream of applications for giant wind turbines being announced week by week. I have lost count of the number of turbines Dumfries and Galloway is being told it has to accommodate.
“You can be sure this consistent parade of applications will continue for months and years to come to meet the Scottish Government’s 100 per cent target of renewable energy on top of Scotland’s domestic needs, the vast percentage of which will have to be provided by wind farms. On top of this will be all the new and upgraded power lines to transport this inconsistent power to where it is actually needed.
“No doubt there will be some people who are very happy, the land owners, wind farm companies and of course Mr Salmond who will be jumping up and down with glee.”
E.ON project developer, Nick Taylor, said: “E.ON is a responsible developer and we identify the locations of our wind farms very carefully to minimise impacts. We’ve come to the Dumfries and Galloway community early, to ensure that the views of local people are taken into consideration when we come to design the layout of these wind farms.
“It’s important to us to get these developments right, and the local communities input is vital to do this.
“Dumfries and Galloway is ideally suited to harness the power of the wind and as such E.ON is looking to make a considerable investment in the area over the coming years.
“Our recent work involving the local community in our Quantans Hill project through information days, community liaison groups and exhibitions has shown how we work with local people to help us design a project that minimises impact as much as possible.”
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