Wind Power News: Scotland
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.
Controversial plans for a large-scale east Perthshire wind farm could be kicked out by councillors next week after a backlash from residents and conservationists. Developer ABO Wind wants to build its 11-turbine Green Burn project on land at Shiedrum Farm, between Alyth and Bridge of Cally. If approved, each turbine would be more than 377ft tall, bigger than Big Ben. The earmarked site is beside to the 16 turbine Drumderg development and fewer than three miles from the Tullymurdoch farm . . .
Councillors are objecting to plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick due to concerns that it would blight an area of natural beauty. County Durham-based Banks Renewables’ South Lanarkshire operation has submitted an application for the 132m-high turbines on land north, south, east and west of Birneyknowe Cottage, two and a half miles south east of Hawick and a mile west of Bonchester Bridge. However, this week members of Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee endorsed a . . .
Stewartry restaurant boss claims windturbine lorries are ruining her business by blocking Shawhead layby
A restaurant boss is being driven to despair by lorries transporting wind turbines along the A75. Joanne Banks, who runs Diner 75 in a layby near Shawhead, claims she is losing out on business because the trucks have been blocking her access road. Lorries transporting the turbines have been parking up “for hours at a time”. And that prevents Diner 75 staff and customers from using the access. Miss Banks told the News: “I’ve had these lorries blocking the layby . . .
A Highland community leader has called for an extra planning condition to prevent the extension of a proposed windfarm should it be permitted following a public inquiry. Developer Force 9 Energy is appealing a decision by council planners to reject the building of 13 turbines up to 448ft tall, above Loch Meiklie on the north side of Glen Urquhart. Views for and against the Cnoc an Eas windfarm scheme have been heard over four days this week during an inquiry . . .
The construction of eight wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen has been approved by the Scottish Government. It is estimated the £250 million offshore wind farm will create about 110 jobs during the assembly, installation and ongoing maintenance activities when it is erected about nine miles south-east of the city. The floating development by Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited will harness enough energy to provide for almost 56,000 homes and prevent CO2 emissions of more than 94,500 tonnes per year. . . .
The Lammermuirs could be home to Scotland’s tallest wind turbines if plans for an extension to Crystal Rig wind farm go ahead. Operator Fred Olsen Ltd had plans for a 26-turbine fourth extension to the 90+ turbine wind farm, but is now looking at changing those plans after the UK Government removed financial support for onshore wind projects. The renewable energy company wants to reduce the number of turbines to 11, but increase their height from the proposed 135m to . . .
A windfarm developer has insisted that a windfarm would not harm a Bronze Age gem that attracts tourists to the Highlands from around the world. The company’s defence in the latest appeal against turbines rejected by Highland councillors began with an archaeology consultant playing down the impact of 13 turbines up to 448ft tall. Force 9 Energy’s machines could be built on the doorstep of the culturally important Corrimony chambered cairn in Glen Urquhart. The monument is a well preserved . . .
Councillors in the Borders have unanimously agreed to lodge an objection to a 15-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge. Banks Renewables is behind the project close to Birneyknowe Cottage, south east of Hawick. Planning officials had advised opposition due to its landscape, visual and cultural impact. The size of the project means that the final decision on whether it goes ahead lies with the Scottish government. The company has said the project would provide a £2.5m community benefit fund to . . .
A four-day public inquiry begins today into a 13-turbine windfarm proposed for a hillside near Loch Ness. Highland planners last year rejected Force 9 Energy’s Cnoc an Eas scheme proposed for Glen Urquhart citing the “significantly detrimental visual impact”. The 448ft-tall turbines could be built five miles west of the iconic loch despite concerns registered by four community councils, hundreds of residents and a raft of government agencies. The council received 287 objections to the scheme and 12 letters of . . .
Despairing over what’s become of large swathes of the rural Scottish landscape has brought me a lot of friends. Up in Sutherland, our own “No More Windfarms” group, established to protest, as we put it in our campaign literature, “yet another wind turbine development in this part of the Highlands”, gifted me with a great number of letters and emails of support – from handwritten cards to links to blogs and related sites. One of my ex-pupils at Dundee, where . . .