Wind Power News: Scotland
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A turbine has collapsed at ScottishPower’s under-construction 239MW Kilgallioch wind farm in southwest Scotland. The tower of a Gamesa machine failed on Friday, 13 January, a period during which the country was being hit by a winter storm. The turbine failed around halfway up the structure, according to one project source. A spokeswoman for ScottishPower Renewables said: “We are currently investigating an incident relating to an installed turbine at Kilgallioch wind farm during the early hours of Friday, January 13.” . . .
A wind turbine has collapsed in the south-west of Scotland, BBC Scotland understands. The incident happened at Kilgallioch wind farm, which straddles the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, early last Friday. An investigation has been launched by developer Scottish Power Renewables and turbine manufacturer Gamesa. The 96-turbine site is currently under construction and due to be fully connected to the grid later this year. A spokeswoman for Scottish Power Renewables said: “We are currently investigating an incident . . .
Scottish ministers have called a public inquiry to determine the fate of a giant Perthshire windfarm. An inquest into the highly controversial Dulater Hill project will be held in Birnam at the end of March. The scheme involves the installation of 17 turbines – each twice the height of the Scott Monument – across an area of land the size of 16 football pitches. Developers say the scheme, north of the A923 near Butterstone, will dramatically slash carbon emissions and help reach . . .
People who have objected to plans for two wind turbines at a hill farm in Shandon have been labelled “narrow minded and selfish” by a local access campaigner. John Urquhart, who lives in Helensburgh and is a trustee of the Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust, says the proposal for Laigh Balernock farm will benefit the area – and accuses critics of the scheme of being motivated by “groundless fears” that the turbines might hit local property prices. . . .
Detailed plans for a wind farm near Hawick have been unveiled. Glasgow-based Energiekontor have applied for permission to erect a total of 12 turbines on land at Harwood Estate. Seven of the turbines will reach a height of 158.5 metres while the remaining five will be 130 metres. Over the past year the developer has met with community councils in the area, held an open day on the estate near Bonchester Bridge, and staged public exhibitions in both Bonchester and . . .
Councillors will revisit a wind turbine proposal for Caithness later this week. The planning review body will consider an appeal against the council’s previous rejection of an apploication by Ventus Land Ltd to erect three 900kilowatt turbines up to 203ft tall, 200 yards northwest of Seater Farm, Bower. Officers decided last July that the proposal would breach the local development plan because it would be “significantly detrimental to the amenity of the communities within a 10-mile radius of the site . . .
Plans have been lodged for a 12-turbine wind farm development on uplands to the south of Hawick. Energiekontor UK had originally been looking at building 15 turbines as part of the Pines Burn project. It has scaled down its proposals following a series of public exhibitions in the area. The company has estimated that the development could meet the annual energy needs of more than 22,000 homes if it goes ahead.
Windfarm plans blown off course after world heritage vision for Flow Country not included in planning report
Two wind projects planned for the Highlands were blown off course yesterday by councillors. Members of the north planning committee deferred making a decision about a 24-turbine scheme proposed for Limekiln Estate in Caithness – and hampered plans for two giant offshore turbines that could float off Dounreay. Debate on the Limekiln plan was postponed for a month because the planning officer’s report lacked information about a live application for World Heritage Status for the carbon-storing Flow Country peatland that . . .
Highland councillors are being urged to reject a Caithness windfarm plan – despite the possibility of a potentially costly appeal from a spurned developer. Infinergy hopes to build 24 turbines up to 456ft on the Limekiln Estate at Reay – an area with a high proliferation of towers. While Scottish Governmnent ministers will make the final decision, planning officials have recommended that councillors raise no objection. Public objections have ranged from “visual blight” and “loss of wild land” to the . . .
The head of policy at the John Muir Trust has urged north councillors to next week reject revised proposals for a 24-turbine windfarm in Caithness. Helen McDade said it was “inexplicable” that fresh proposals for Limekiln Estate, Reay, have been recommended for approval by planners, given the similarity to plans thrown out by Scottish ministers in 2015 following a public inquiry. Dorset-based Infinergy want to build nine 413ft turbines, and 15 structures of 456ft which would have the potential to . . .