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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.

April 15, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sustainable group first to object to Peel windfarm project

The campaign group opposed to the controversial Viking Energy windfarm plans to object to fresh plans for a 21-turbine project on the outskirts of Lerwick. Peel Energy made the announcement last week which could see turbines measuring up to 145 metres appearing near the town and nearby areas under the Mossy Hill windfarm scheme. However, members of Sustainable Shetland, which has stood in strong opposition to the 103-turbine Viking Energy project, are taking issue with the latest proposed scheme. Vice-chairman . . .

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April 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors unanimously reject Perthshire windfarm

A windfarm which would have been seen from Scotland’s best-preserved Roman fort has been rejected. The application for nine turbines near Greenacres by Braco angered councillors as a smaller development in the same area had been refused by them in the past, a decision upheld on appeal. “I am appalled that another application has been brought forward for this site,” said Councillor Tom Gray, convener of the council’s development management committee. Seconding his move for refusal Councillor Murray Lyle said . . .

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April 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Perthshire turbine scheme is refused by panel of councillors

A new wind farm proposed near Braco would have looked like a “bike crash” when viewed alongside others if it had been approved, according to one councillor. Council officers had already recommended the scheme, most recently known as Strathallan Wind Farm, be refused ahead of local councillor Tom Gray expressing his opinion about the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday this week. Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee heard that planners had received 419 letters objecting to the nine . . .

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April 8, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New Cumnock resident highlights scale of windfarms in East Ayrshire with comprehensive map

New Cumnock resident, Jerry Mulders, has produced a cumulative windfarm map showing how many wind turbines are being planned around his home village. He told the Chronicle: “It was not until I added them together that the scale of it became overwhelming. If it keeps going at the rate it has in the last few years, New Cumnock will be completely encircled. “I thought folk ought to know what is being planned from a cumulative perspective, rather than one project . . .

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April 7, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Twenty-one turbines may be built on hills above Brig o’ Fitch

Plans have emerged for a major new windfarm which could see turbines measuring a maximum height of 145 metres appearing near Lerwick and other nearby areas. Peel Energy is the company behind the radical new proposal. It hopes to see up to 21 new turbines erected in the future. The new project operates under the name Mossy Hill Windfarm. No official details have so far been announced on exactly where the turbines are being planned. But public consultation meetings will . . .

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April 3, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Call to do more to stop wind farm workers deaths in Scotland

Unite, the largest union for construction workers, has called for urgent action to improve safety on windfarms after two workers were killed in a fortnight in Scotland. The first tragedy occurred on March 15 when Antonio Linares a 37 year old Portuguese worker, was killed in a fall at Scottish Power’s Kilgallioch Windfarm in South Ayrshire. Mr Linares was working for contractor Gamesa. The most recent tragedy occurred last Wednesday (March 29) when a Spanish worker fell to his death . . .

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April 1, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm worker plunges to his death from turbine near Glasgow just weeks after similar tragedy in Ayrshire

A second worker has died after falling from a turbine at a Scots windfarm just weeks after a similar fatal accident. The Spanish man’s death at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, in East Renfrewshire, happened on Wednesday and follows the death of a Portuguese worker in Ayrshire on March 15. The 25-year-old Spaniard was pronounced dead at Whitelee Windfarm, near Eaglesham. The turbine is understood to have been undergoing maintenance at the time. A Scottish Power spokesman said: “We . . .

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March 31, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm worker dies after falling from turbine

A worker has died after falling from a turbine at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm in East Renfrewshire. The 25-year-old Spanish man was pronounced dead at Whitelee Windfarm, near Eaglesham, on Wednesday morning. The turbine is understood to have been undergoing maintenance at the time. A Scottish Power spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was an incident this week at Whitelee Windfarm. “Our thoughts go out to the family of the person involved.” The wind farm is owned . . .

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March 29, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on Howpark Wind Farm delayed

A decision on planning consent for the eight-turbine Howpark Wind Farm near Grantshouse has been postponed for the impact of turbine noise to be investigated. Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee agreed on Monday, March 27, that a new noise impact survey should be undertaken before a decision is reached. The site for the wind farm proposed by applicants LE20 Ltd, is adjacent to the operational 22-turbine Drone Hill Wind Farm and the 14-turbine Penmanshiel Wind Farm, currently being built. A . . .

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March 28, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Identity of man killed at windfarm revealed

Police are now able to release the identity of the man killed at the Kilgallioch wind farm site near Barrhill. Antonio Joao Da Silva Linares, 37, from Portugal, was killed in the incident at the under-construction Kilgallioch site on 15 March 2017. The 37-year-old fell to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build and was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have fallen onto a platform within the turbine’s mast. . . .

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