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.
An application for a five turbine wind farm at Navidale, north of Helmsdale, has now been submitted to The Highland Council. The proposed Navidale Wind Farm would be located on an area of moorland on Creag Thoraraidh. Phil Davidson, who owns Navidale Farm said they had discussed the design and layout with the Highland Council and Scottish Natural Heritage, as well as showing their plans to the neighbours. Discussions also took place with Helmsdale Community Council about the project and . . .
A green energy company has launched a bid to rescue plans for its controversial Perthshire wind farm. Proposals for the 11-turbine Green Burn project, on land at Shiedrum Farm, between Alyth and Bridge of Cally, were rejected by councillors in March. More than 150 residents and groups objected to the development, which would see turbines of more than 377ft tall – bigger than Big Ben – installed next to the existing 16-turbine Drumberg site. Now project leaders ABO Wind have . . .
A Perthshire landowner’s challenge to a permission allowing amendments to a wind farm has been rejected in the Court of Session. A reporter had granted permission for the seven-turbine wind farm in 2014. In 2015, the developer applied for an amendment to the permission to allow changes to the size of the turbines and lay electrical and fibre-optic cables to connect the scheme to the national grid. The claimant argued that the developer had submitted inadequate information to assess the . . .
Council chiefs have accused Scottish Government ministers of ignoring their pleas for help to secure Highland a fairer share of massive profits from green energy schemes. A row over the issue reignited yesterday with council leader Margaret Davidson claiming Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse had snubbed the north by refusing to discuss it. She told a resources committee meeting in Inverness that she had written to him twice in recent months hoping to discuss the matter and “got a flat refusal . . .
Bird protection charity RSPB Scotland looks set to put another legal spanner in the works of three offshore renewables projects with the potential to inject hundreds of millions of pounds in to the economies of Tayside and Fife. Scotland’s most senior judge, the Lord President, Lord Carloway, last month overturned an earlier ruling in favour of the bird conservation charity’s position that Scottish Ministers erred when granting approvals for the Neart Na Gaoithe, Inch Cape and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo . . .
The John Muir Trust conservation charity has launched a campaign to protect Scotland’s wild lands which, it says, face the threat of industrial-scale developments. The trust’s Keep It Wild drive comes in the light of growing public support for the view the nation’s wilderness areas should gain special protection from major projects such as windfarms. The trust said it is concerned about the outcome of a judicial review into the first decision to allow the building of a windfarm on . . .
Campaigners have appealed against a ruling which gave the go-ahead for four controversial wind farm projects in the firths of Forth and Tay. RSPB Scotland had objected to the developments which, they say, threaten thousands of seabirds. After winning the initial challenge, an appeal was lodged by Scottish ministers and the ruling was overturned last month. The charity has confirmed it has started a legal challenge. It is seeking permission from the Inner House of the Court of Session to . . .
A formal application has been submitted to the Scottish government for a 35-turbine wind farm in the Lowther Hills. The North Lowther Energy Initiative (NLEI) is a partnership between Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables. It would see the turbines constructed east of Sanquhar and north west of Wanlockhead. Developers said it could produce enough energy to meet the needs of 78,000 homes and create seven local and 33 regional jobs. John Glen, chief executive of Buccleuch, said: “The plans for North . . .
A Scottish estate owner is seeking to overturn Scottish Government approval for a 22-turbine Highland wind farm within wild land in the first case of its kind. Danish billionaire Anders Povlsen, who has extensive interests in Scotland, has raised a judicial review in a bid to have the decision set aside. Wildland Ltd, which owns the Ben Loyal, Kinloch, and Hope and Melness estates maintains that ministers failed to give proper, adequate and intelligible reasons for their ruling giving the . . .
Concerns have been raised by the likes of Scottish Natural Heritage and Tingwall Airport over the proposed Mossy Hill wind farm as the planning process for the 21-turbine development continues. Scalloway Community Council members said they would object to Peel Energy’s initial plans for a wind farm outside of Lerwick, while the town’s own community council has raised concerns over possible health, social and environmental impacts. Pre-planning consultations have already been held in public in the isles on the project, . . .