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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 5, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents ‘not properly consulted’ over huge windfarm development on outskirts of Largs

Residents living near a potential wind farm to the north of Largs were not properly consulted over the controversial development, an MSP has claimed. MSP Katy Clark has called for locals to be ‘more closely consulted’ over the proposed Rigghill Wind Farm Development south east of Skelmorlie. Renewables company Burcote Wind and Italian developer ERG Group plan to build 10 giant turbines with a tip height of up to 150 metres. North Ayrshire Council unanimously rejected the developer’s proposal in . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planning appeal to be lodged before Christmas

Viking Energy’s appeal against a decision by councillors to reject a proposal to move the location of two concrete batching plants is set to be lodged in the coming weeks. The decision, made by Shetland Islands Council’s planning committee in September, went against the recommendation of officers. A Viking Energy Wind Farm (VEWF) spokesperson said on Monday: “I can confirm that the recent batching plant decisions will be appealed. “The relevant submissions are being finalised by VEWF’s legal advisors and . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Greystone Knowe: 14-turbine Borders wind farm plans filed

Plans or a 14-turbine wind farm in the Borders have been filed with the council. The Greystone Knowe development – around 2.5 km west of Fountainhall – is a joint venture between ESB and Coriolis Energy, according to papers submitted as part of the application. Scotland’s current climate change ambitions has been given as a reason for the proposed turbines, which would have a maximum tip height of 180m. Documents submitted to the council state: “The UK and Scotland’s current . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Whitelaw Brae: Wind farm extension backed by government

A five-year extension to a Tweeddale wind farm has been given the green light by the Scottish Government. In 2017, the 14-turbine Whitelaw Brae development in the Tweedsmuir hills was granted an operational life of 25 years, despite concerns over its visual impact. And now the turbines – which stand at a maximum height of 133m – will be in use for an extra five years. The Scottish Government said that the extension would support its climate targets. Scottish Borders . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Path clear for construction to start on Strathy South Wind Farm after Ministers give go-ahead to taller turbines

A bid by power company SSE Renewables to increase by 65m the height of turbines on its planned Strathy South wind farm has succeeded. Scottish Ministers have agreed to grant a variation to the existing planning consent, allowing the height to be raised from the initial proposed 135m to 200m, which will make the turbines the tallest in the area. SSE Renewables has welcomed the decision, with project manager Jon Soal saying it reflected the “incredible levels of support” for . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Tweedsmuir hills wind farm allowed extra time

A bid to extend the operational life of a wind farm in the Tweedsmuir hills has been approved by the Scottish government. It will allow the 14-turbine Whitelaw Brae development in the Borders to run for 30 years instead of the previously consented 25. Mountaineering Scotland (MS) criticised the original approval in 2017 as ignoring the impact on tourism in the area. The Scottish government said allowing the extension would help meet its renewable energy targets and raised no significant . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Caithness wind farm plan would add 12 turbines to existing cluster of 52

Plans have been lodged with the Scottish Government for a 12-turbine wind farm near Westerdale. If the proposed Tormsdale Wind Farm goes ahead it will add to an existing cluster of 52 turbines in the surrounding area. The development, some 1500 metres south of Westerdale bridge, is being managed by Lomond Energy for Swedish wind power company Arise. The site is immediately west of the existing Causeymire Wind Farm and approximately 8.5 km south of Halkirk. The 12 turbines will . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns aired over ‘ring of steel’ tightening round Cairngorms National Park

Concerns over ‘the ring of steel’ forming round the Cairngorms National Park have one again been aired but planning committee members have said they are powerless to do much about it. Renewable Energy Systems (Ltd) is seeking consent for 16 turbines with a maximum height of 149.9m to the tip of the blade at Cairn Duhie north-west of Grantown. The energy giant already has permission for 20 turbines at 110 metres to tip at the same site which was granted . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm company under fire over single-track Sutherland road left like a ‘patchwork quilt’

Power company SSE Renewables has been accused of leaving a Sutherland road like a “patchwork quilt” after it was used for months by wind farm construction traffic. Brora cyclist Sandy Crawford claimed that over 60 per cent of the areas damaged on the single-track Strath Brora road by Gordonbush Extension traffic have not been repaired. The former health and safety professional, who is a member of cycling club East Sutherland Wheelers, said that the road was so strewn with stones, . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Firms fined £900,000 over Ayrshire wind farm worker’s death

Two firms have been fined nearly £900,000 over the death of a security worker left in freezing conditions at a wind farm in East Ayrshire. Ronnie Alexander, 74, died in January 2018 after being found face down in the snow near New Cumnock. A construction company and his employer earlier admitted breaching health and safety rules by failing to provide a reliable source of heat. His family welcomed the large fines but said it was a “bittersweet” moment. Northstone (NI) . . . Complete story »

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