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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 6, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines not ruled out for Cairngorm Mountain

Ski resort bosses last night refused to rule out siting turbines on the country’s most famous mountain range as part of a green revolution. Owner of Cairngorm Estate, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is investigating renewable energy options for the mountain. They are looking for a contractor to carry out the work. The enterprise agency would not be specific about which form of renewable energy could be utilised – although they stressed scenery and environment would be taken into account. . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

ScottishPower unveils plans to put solar panels next to wind turbines

Scotland is on the cusp of a power revolution from the sun after energy giant ScottishPower announced it will put solar panels and batteries next to its wind turbines up and down the country. The move – revealed at the global climate emergency summit in Madrid – marks a major breakthrough for renewable electricity in the country as it will be produced even when the wind does not blow and will instead harness the light. However, the announcement for a . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2019 • Blogs, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Gordonbush wind farm extension: environmental and economic downsides

The Scottish Government has recently approved increases in turbine heights – now set to reach 150 metres (490 feet) to blade tip – at the extension to the Gordonbush wind farm in the far north of Scotland, near Brora in Sutherland. The approval brings many significant public interest questions into the spotlight. The Gordonbush wind farm is notorious for its impact on wildife in the area, particularly Golden Plover. A study by the RSPB found that “numbers of the plover, . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland left with ‘scraps off table’ in £2bn wind farm boom

Scotland has missed out on hundreds of millions of pounds of work in the creation of one of the country’s biggest offshore wind farms to overseas firms, the Herald can reveal. Unions are furious at what they see as “the scraps off the table” that Scotland has received in the work on the £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) wind farm off the Fife coast, awarded by EDF, the French state energy giant. It is understood that in a key . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Developer defends decision to submit new plans for rejected wind farm

The prospective developer of a wind farm in the north-west tip of Caithness has defended its decision to submit new plans after its previous scheme was knocked back. Drum Hollistan Renewables LLP’s proposed 17-turbine venture on grazing land on Sandside Estate, near Reay was in June refused planning consent by Scottish Ministers following a public local inquiry. Yesterday, the firm’s partners Muirburn Energy held a drop-in session in the village hall to unveil rejigged plans to erect seven 4.2 megawatt . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2019 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Scottish Power plans major expansion of onshore windfarms

ScottishPower has begun plans for a major expansion of onshore windfarm projects across Scotland in anticipation of a government U-turn on support for wind power projects. The renewable energy arm of the big six power supplier has already considered almost 100 sites for a new generation of windfarm, using a smaller number of more powerful wind turbines to generate clean electricity. Most of the sites are in Scotland, but the company is also considering plots in Ireland. Scottish Power expects . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Viking consults on plans for public access

Viking Energy appears set to press on with plans for its 103 turbine wind farm in central Shetland with the company holding a consultation in Mareel yesterday (20 November) on its plans for public access. It appears though that Viking, now largely owned by energy giants SSE after the Shetland Charitable Trust relinquished its stake in the wind farm, is forging ahead with plans despite failing to win government subsidy, and hopes to announce a principal contractor at some time . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Objectors storm drop-in session for north wind farm expansion proposals

Battle lines are being drawn up as protesters in and around a far north coast village gear up for another set-to with a wind farm developer. More than 30 placard-wielding objectors gate-crashed a drop-in session to unveil plans to extend a controversial scheme on forest land to the immediate south of Reay. Renewable company Infinergy and its Canadian investor partners Boralex got the go-ahead this summer to erect 21 turbines at Limekiln following a public inquiry. Many locals are furious . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Reay protesters vow to keep up the fight against new wind farms

Wind farm developers were met with a barrage of angry protesters in Reay on Wednesday evening as the first of two community open days got under way. Close to 30 people took part in the protest against new developments that some residents say will surround the village in a “ring of steel” – Limekiln and Drum Hollistan. Outside the Victoria Hall, where the first of the public consultation events being held by Limekiln developers Infinergy and Boralex was in progress, . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Plans to put up add seven turbines to proposed north wind farm is rubbing raw acid in the wounds’ says campaigner

Wind farm opponents in Caithness have been dealt a double whammy in their long-time campaign to prevent their village being surrounded by hulking turbines. Reay residents are preparing to protest tomorrow evening against plans to add seven turbines to the 21 due to go up a mile south of the village. But they have now discovered that another developer is persevering with its scheme on Sandside Estate, to the west. Objector David Craig said local people are furious about what . . . Complete story »

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