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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.

March 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine to be erected above a north-east castle

A giant wind turbine is to be erected above a north-east castle despite concerns about its impact on the historic site. Inverurie-based energy firm Green Cat Renewables has had proposals for a single 275ft installation near Fyvie Castle accepted. Turriff community council had raised concerns about the noise the turbine would make and of the cumulative effect of the “large number” of turbines in the area. But councillors on the Formartine area committee yesterday backed a report that said it . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

SNP ‘climbing into bed’ with wind farm firm

The SNP has been accused of ‘climbing into bed’ with big-money foreign investors over plans for a giant wind farm. Islanders on Lewis are battling a proposal by French firm EDF that would see 36 turbines erected on old crofting land. If the development, near Stornoway, goes ahead then tenant crofters will lose rights to the land for 70 years. The Scottish Land Court has received 250 objections from locals who want permission to build a smaller, community wind farm . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine plan lodged

New windfarm proposals for Newton Mearns are set to be kicked out by councillors. East Renfrewshire’s planning committee will be presented with plans for six giant turbines on Soame Windfarm by energy firm Coriolis Energy today. The site, which sits between Shieldhill Farm and Moor Road, is being lined up for turbines despite a previous bid being rejected eight years ago. Andrew Cahill, the local authority’s director of environment, will recommend that planning permission is refused again after concerns over . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish wind-turbine maker collapses amid ‘Westminster cuts’ to renewables

A wind turbine maker has collapsed citing international competition – and Westminster support cuts to the renewables industry. Gaia-Wind, which celebrated the roll-out of its 1000th device from Glasgow last April, has appointed a provisional liquidator. The company moved its operations to Scotland from Denmark seven years ago and had clients in countries including Tonga, Australia and Italy. Yesterday the provisional liquidator, Aberdeen’s Meston Reid and Co, was looking for a buyer in a bid to save all or part . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inch Cape Wind Farm to move substation after public consultation

The developer of a wind farm off the Angus coast has opted to apply for a new substation location after locals rejected the initial proposals. Developers of Inch Cape Wind Farm, Red Rock Power, have now submitted an application for a revised site at the former Cockenzie Power Station. Ian Johnson, project manager said: “We have taken on board the local community’s feedback on the originally proposed site and therefore proposed a new location for the onshore components of the . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Floating offshore wind developer targets east coast of Scotland

The owner of the world’s first floating wind farm off Peterhead is eyeing further opportunities in the North Sea. Stephen Bull, Statoil’s senior vice president of wind and low carbon solutions, said the east coast of Scotland was a “natural area where we’d like to grow our business if we can” as it looked to build on the success of the pioneering Hywind development, which was powered up for the first time in October. The innovative array features turbines held . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm protestors turn out in force

Reay residents have turned out in force to voice their fears that their village will end up encircled by “a ring of steel”. They were appearing at the public session at the end of a public local inquiry into plans for two wind farms involving a total of 38 turbines, each between 125 and 140 metres high. More than 80 people packed the village hall which followed six days of evidence given at the hearing in Caithness Horizons in Thurso. . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inquiry under way into plans for wind farm near Hawick

A public inquiry has begun into plans for a 15-turbine wind farm south east of Hawick. The hearing into the proposed Birneyknowe development opened at Minto Golf Club today, March 7, following a two-day postponement due to the recent wintry weather. County Durham firm Banks Renewables wants to erect 15 turbines up to 132m tall on land near Stobs Castle, and it says the project could yield a £2.5m community benefit fund to support local groups and good causes. However, . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east community faces fresh fears over its beach

A tiny north-east community has raised fresh fears that its beach will become a windfarm landing site. Giant offshore cables could land at Sandend Bay with the company behind the project choosing the potential area for its onshore infrastructure. The beach, which is a renowned surfing hotspot, is right in the middle of the development area. The latest public meeting as part of the consultation for the project was held at Sandend village hall yesterday. Locals have said they are . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Distraught family of Ayrshire security guard who died in wind farm blizzard fear he wasn’t given satellite phone for emergencies

The distraught family of a security worker who died when a blizzard engulf­ed a windfarm have demanded answers amid fears he wasn’t issued an emergency phone. Ronnie Alexander, 74, became trapped in heavy snow on Afton wind farm in Ayrshire when severe weather struck earlier this year. Daughter Tracy, 48, said Ronnie, who was “fit and healthy”, lay frozen in a drift for “hours and hours” after the whiteout on January 21. She said she was plagued with worry as . . . Complete story »

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