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Glenfiddich windfarm plans abandoned  

Credit:  By Lewis McBlane - Published: 09 February 2023 - northern-scot.co.uk ~~

A planned windfarm near Dufftown will not be built because the site is “not best suited” to one.

The abandoned Glenfiddich Wind Farm development would have featured 11 200-meter turbines, generating over 84MW of green energy.

The development south of Dufftown was set to erect 11 new turbines.

The firm behind the plans, Fred. Olsen Renewables, said the development would have provided over £14 million for the community but the decision to step back was informed by a “vast” number of assessment.

A spokesperson for Fred. Olsen Renewables said: “We are proud of the relationships we have formed in and around our operational and consented sites, and we pride ourselves on working in collaboration with communities and local businesses.

“Central to our success is also our pragmatic approach to site development and our ability to recognise what makes a good wind farm site.

“We have undertaken a vast number of environmental and technical assessments at the Glenfiddich site.
“Having carefully considered the findings of these assessments, we have come to the conclusion that it is not best suited to accommodate a wind farm.”

Fred. Olsen Renewables is one of the longest-standing renewable energy developers in Scotland, with a portfolio of 258 operational turbines including Rothes Wind Farm.

The firm’s spokesperson thanked those who had shared their views of the project and committed to continuing with the Rothes III Wind Farm

The spokesperson said: “We very much appreciate the time that stakeholders and the community have taken to engage us on this project.

“We will continue to invest in Moray as we bring forward the construction of the recently consented Rothes III Wind Farm.”

Source:  By Lewis McBlane - Published: 09 February 2023 - northern-scot.co.uk

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