Wind Power News: U.K.
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Plans for a 24-turbine windfarm in Caithness have been dealt a blow after councillors decided to object to the scheme. Members of Highland Council’s north planning committee overturned advice from officials in order to oppose the Limekiln Windfarm. The committee heard there were concerns about the impact on nearby wild land, the village of Reay and the road network – including views from the popular North Coast 500 tourist route. The development by Infinergy would include nine 413ft turbines, and . . .
The two tallest wind turbines in Scotland, more than three times the height of Edinburgh’s Scott Monument, could soon be floating four miles off the north coast, if ministers approve the development. But residents in one fragile Highland community fear the giant yellow structures, could make the already difficult task of holding on to their population and attracting new people, even harder by damaging views of Orkney. Hexicon AB, a Swedish design and engineering house developing floating multi-turbine platforms, submitted . . .
Highland Council has objected to Infinergy plans for the 72MW Limekilns wind farm in the far north of Scotland. Members attending the north planning applications committee raised concerns over impacts on visuals, landscapes and residential amenity in Caithness. Infinergy now faces a public local inquiry into Limekilns. Scottish ministers will make a final decision on the Section 36 application. Officials had recommended no objection be lodged pending removal of three of the 24 planned turbines at a mix of 139-metre . . .
Wind farms owner The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has announced soaring profits a year after being hit by the UK Government decision to end subsidies for onshore projects. The London Stock Exchange-listed investment trust, which owns several wind farms in the north and north-east, said its pre-tax profits had more than trebled to £67.9million in 2016, thanks to an uplift in its portfolio valuation. TRIG, which also owns 28 solar photovoltaics (PV) energy schemes in England and France, suffered a . . .
A pensioner claims he has been forced to give up his dog and relocate to a caravan just to get a decent night’s sleep because he is tormented by the noise from a wind farm opposite his home. Clifton Lockhart, 83, has lived in Tralodden Cottage near Old Dailly for the past 35 years, but says his golden years have been robbed from him since the turbines arrived 14 years ago and he has since been kept wide awake most . . .
Opposing sides of a controversial wind farm development in Moray have clashed at a heated public exhibition. EDF Energy Renewables was in the Cabrach yesterday to update residents on proposals to construct a massive borrow pit to create access roads to the turbines. But voices were raised when questions were asked about roaming rights through the Glenfiddich Estate site of the wind farm by a protestor opposed to the development for 10 years. Armed with a folder, packed with correspondence . . .
A wind turbine has been dismantled after a planning inspector dismissed an enforcement appeal. In February 2014 planning permission was refused for a 5kW wind turbine at Lask Edge Farm, Lask Edge, near Leek. However, the decision was successfully appealed against and the wind turbine was erected. But the appeal decision was challenged on several grounds. The Secretary of State conceded on the ground that the Inspector failed to give adequate reasons for a conclusion that harm to the Green . . .
It is designed to offer a tangible link to communities that embrace the concept of the wind farm revolution. However, one tourism firm whose clients would sit and view the some of the largest turbines in Scotland on the prized skyline of the Scottish Borders, has warned the long-term impact on unspoilt beauty spots will outweigh the benefits offered to local people. Rob Armstrong is not opposed to green energy but claims a wind farm on the horizon beyond Hawick . . .
Noise issues during the night are continuing to plague residents in Fairlie from a test turbine site. The matter was raised on a Fairlie facebook page on Wednesday 1 February at 11.32pm when a resident asked if anyone ‘Can anyone else hear that noise like low rumbling machinery or a very big engine?’ Residents on the facebook site suggested that the noise was emanating from the Mitsubishi wind turbine at Hunterston, with one saying it was ‘driving me mad’. SSE . . .
A controversial application to erect massive turbines 447ft high in a scenic Highland glen will be decided by planning appeal inquiry. Campaigners against the 13-turbine wind farm in Glenurquhart were jubilant when Highland Council last year rejected the plan by Force 9 Energy and EDF at Cnoc an Eas in the glen, not far from Loch Ness. But their joy was short-lived when the developers lodged an appeal against the refusal of planning permission. Now Scottish Government planning reporter Timothy . . .