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Girvan windfarm hit by slow down in demand level  

Credit:  Catherine Hunter, Reporter | Carrick Herald | www.carrickherald.com ~~

Assel Valley Windfarm, situated south of Girvan, has had to reduce its output as a result of a ‘low demand’ for wind power.

The windfarm only began generating on October 28, this year but just two weeks later was forced to decrease its electricity generation, on instruction from National Grid.

Energy developments like this have been described as an eyesore by concerned members of the community who feel the facility can cause water contamination and excessive noise.

Corri Wilson MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock said: “Growth in renewable energy is one of the reasons Scotland is seen as an international leader in taking action to tackle climate change.

“There is a clear commitment to implement an ambitious and long term energy strategy to make electricity cleaner, more affordable and more secure for consumers, so I am keen to ensure that any issues with the National Grid are fully investigated and resolved.”

It will cost just under £10,000 to stop generation which is £76/MHH which is approximately twice the subsidy income.

The decision to build this project came after the government over ruled South Ayrshire Council move to decline planning permission.

The speed with Assell Valley was constrained off almost immediately after commissioning which could show that the overbuild of wind power in Scotland has now reached critical levels.

These levels can be very expensive which grid expansion could struggle to address. It has been reported that the consumer is getting a very bad deal as a result and the further cost is added to what were already expensive emissions savings.

Source:  Catherine Hunter, Reporter | Carrick Herald | www.carrickherald.com

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