Wind Power News: Scotland
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Councillors are being advised to refuse plans for a wind farm on the same site in the Borders as a project previously rejected by the Scottish government. Gilston Hill Wind Farm Ltd wants to put up seven turbines on land north west of Gilston Farm, near Heriot. A 16-turbine project in the same area – straddling the boundary with Midlothian – was turned down in 2013. Planning officers have advised Scottish Borders Council to refuse the new plan due to . . .
Plans to build five turbines on the outskirts of Watten have been given the green light. Whirlwind Renewables has received planning permission to go ahead with construction of Achlachan wind farm. Highland Council approved plans for five turbines, each 115 metres tall. The site is located on moorland south of Mybster to the west of Causewaymire wind farm. According to Whirlwind Renewables’ website, once construction is completed the turbines will provide power to more than 8400 homes and generate up . . .
ScottishPower has called for political support to develop more onshore windfarms after hitting a record high of power from the sector. After the completion of a £650 million infrastructure project, ScottishPower Renewables has passed the 2,000 megawatt (MW) UK milestone. The company has now called for politicians and regulators to back the development of the industry in Scotland in order to keep up with an anticipated increase in demand. Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “It’s now cheaper, easier . . .
Many of Scotland’s biggest onshore wind farms are being paid tens of millions of pounds for producing virtually no energy at certain times. According to figures received by Energy Voice, the cost of paying wind farm operators to power down in order to prevent the generation of excess energy is stacking up with more than £300million paid out since 2010. In 2016 alone, Scottish onshore wind farms received £69million in constraint payments for limiting 1,048,890MWh worth of energy. By August . . .
Campaigners have hit out at the decision to approve another major windfarm development in the Glenkens. Energy firm E.ON has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government to build 18 turbines at Benbrack, which lies to the north-east of Carsphairn. The approval for the 130m tall structures came after a public inquiry into the scheme. Anti-windfarm campaigner Alison Chapman of Galloway Landscape and Renewable Energy (GLARE) criticised the ruling. She said: “I am sure I am not the only . . .
The Scottish government has approved 18 turbines in southern Scotland despite fears over their impact on the landscape around Loch Doon. E.On has been given consent – with conditions – for the development near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council and Scottish Natural Heritage all voiced concern about the effect on the nearby loch. The Scottish government said steps had been taken to mitigate the impact. The turbines of the Benbrack project will be . . .
Wind farm developers are hoping a fresh bid for a site near Ashkirk will fly beneath the radar this time. An initial application for Barrel Law was turned down by Scottish Borders Council due to fears the eight turbines would interfere with RAF detection systems. The Ministry of Defence’s objection on grounds of possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir was upheld by planners. An appeal by ABO Wind UK was later turned down by . . .
A seminar on ‘Wind Turbine Noise’ is taking place at the Radisson Blu in Argyle Street, Glasgow on Friday September 22 at 7pm. World renowned researcher and doctor Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira is the main speaker and academics from Australia and other countries will be attending. The wind industry is also sending delegates. As appeared in last week’s ‘News’. the North Ayrshire planning committee opposed SSE’s two year extension for Hunterston’s turbine facility, due to it being ‘contrary to planning policy’ . . .
A renewed bid is being made to build a wind farm on a site previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems. Scottish Borders Council turned down the plan for eight turbines at Barrel Law near Roberton in 2013. The Ministry of Defence had objected due to possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir. A fresh application – for seven turbines – has now been lodged. The previous application by ABO Wind . . .
Romans who once bridged the Clyde have helped rural Clydesdale residents in their battle against a wind farm. Councillors have turned down plans for a wind farm at Little Gill, Abington, partly because it would affect the setting of a Roman fortlet at the foot of Wandel Hill, close to where its builders once controlled the crossing of the River Clyde. Detailed plans, by Priestgill Wind Farm, with Muirhall Energy as agent, attracted 70 letters of objection and 83 in . . .