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Nearly 40 more turbines proposed

Three new wind farms are being planned for different sites in Galloway.

The trio of proposals would see a total of 38 new turbines, all more than 100 metres in height, being erected near Shennanton, Portpatrick and Carsphairn.

PNE Wind UK, the renewable energy company planning to create an 11-turbine wind farm at Shennanton, between Newton Stewart and Kirkcowan, held two consultation days with local communities this week.

The proposals were put on display in the McMillan Hall in Newton Stewart on Tuesday and at Kirkcowan’s St Couan’s Hall on Wednesday.

The wind farm is at the pre-application consultation stage ahead of PNE lodging a planning application with Dumfries and Galloway Council in December. If consent is then granted, a community trust fund would be established by PNE next summer which could see the renewable energy firm pump more than £100,000 into a community fund to benefit local projects.

If PNE gets the thumbs up from the council, construction and installation of the 100-metre high turbines will start in 2015 with the wind farm, which would have a capacity of 27.5 megawatts, becoming operational in 2016.

PNE is also planning to construct eight turbines near Portpatrick called Larbrax wind farm. Public exhibitions are being held on Portpatrick Village Hall on May 15, 3-8pm, or at Leswalt Memorial Hall May 16, 3-8pm.

And renewable energy company E.ON has increased the proposed height of turbines for a wind farm near Carsphairn.

Quantans Hill wind farm could feature up to 19 turbines with a height of 130m if the plans for the farm are approved.

E.ON claims the farm could power around 29,000 homes and also says on its website: “We chose the site as our initial studies have shown that the area’s wind resources, road access and connections to the national electricity network are all suitable for us to build a wind farm here. The site’s geographical layout means that the visual impact of the project can also be minimised.”

A public information session will be held at Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn, on Tuesday, May 21, between 3pm and 8pm.

Nick Taylor, project developer at E.ON, said: “We’d like to thank the community for the feedback they gave us at our public exhibitions back in September, which we’ve taken on board.

“Since then we’ve undertaken further studies and found it would be beneficial to raise the turbine tip height from 125m to 130m. This would increase our ability to match the best turbine model to the characteristics of the site.”

If the wind farm receives planning consent, E.ON says it will provide a community benefit fund worth £5000 per MW.

The Scottish Government aims to provide the equivalent of 100 percent of Scotland’s gross annual electricity using renewables by 2020.

Anyone unable to attend an event, but interested in discussing the site should call 0800 096 1199, email swscotland@eon-uk.com or visit eon-uk.com/swscotland.