Wind turbines taller than Blackpool Tower are being proposed for a site near Langholm.
E Power Ltd has submitted a scoping report for the Callisterhall scheme to the Scottish Government and the proposals are for up to 25 of the 720ft high structures, dwarfing the iconic tower which stands at 518 feet and nine inches tall.
It would make the site, about 2.5 miles (4km) west of Langholm and close to a number of other wind farms, home to some of the tallest onshore turbines ever built in the UK.
The developer has said that lack of subsidies meant “taller and more efficient turbines” were needed than had previously been used in the region.
The scoping report starts the process for a full application to be made for the project in due course.
And it comes just a few months since details of what could be the UK’s biggest on-land windfarm were shown to three Dumfriesshire
Developers Community Windpower Ltd, on behalf of CWL Energy Ltd, want to site up to 80 turbines at Scoop Hill – five km south east of Moffat and 11km north of Lockerbie.
Under the proposal, each wind turbine would have a maximum tip height of up to 240m and a generating capacity of up 560 megawatts. It would be larger than the UK’s biggest windfarm – Scottish Power’s Whitelee site near Glasgow which has a 539MW capacity.
It would also become the second largest windfarm in Europe.
A scoping report for the Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm was submitted to the energy consents unit in May to set the ball rolling. As the proposal has a generating capacity over 50MW, once lodged a planning application would be determined by Scottish Ministers.
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government, on appeal, gave the thumbs up to the 12 turbine Hopsrig site – a joint project between Buccleuch Energy and developer Muirhall Energy, around five miles south of Langholm – after it was rejected by councillors in August 2018.
And revised proposals for a Dumfriesshire windfarm at Crossdykes Farm were given the go-ahead by councillors against the advice of planning officials.
The number of turbines at the Muirhall Energy development at Crossdykes Farm has been reduced from 15 to 10 but the size of them has increased by 26 metres to 176.5 metres tall.
They are being built on agricultural land between Lockerbie and Langholm and 1.3km from the 22-turbine Ewe Hill windfarm which is under construction.
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