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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.

July 1, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Argyle and Bute wind project gains Scottish Government approval

An application to develop a wind farm in Argyll and Bute has been granted consent by the Scottish Government. High Constellation Wind Farm, a project consisting of 10 turbines and an onsite battery storage facility, was supported by environmental, planning and engineering company Arcus Consultancy Services. The decision notice was issued by the Energy Consents Unit over 13 months, one of the fastest determinations from submission to approval for a wind farm decided by the Scottish Government in the past . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fallago Rig wind farm expansion bid rejected

One of the longest-running wind farm sagas in the Scottish Borders has taken a fresh twist. The Fallago Rig scheme near Lauder was the subject of a six-year opposition campaign before it finally went ahead. A bid had been lodged to add an extra 12 turbines to the 48 already operational on the site. However, the Scottish government has now rejected those as they would “magnify, intensify and extend” the impact of the current wind farm. The application to build . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Viking Energy focused on current plans as campaign group worried area around Scatsta could become ‘prime target’ for more turbines

Viking Energy says its focus remains on the 103 turbines it already has consent for after the chairman of campaign group Sustainable Shetland speculated that land near Scatsta Airport could become a “prime target” for a possible extension to the wind farm. The wind farm developer initially proposed 150 turbines but that number was reduced to 103 when turbines in the Delting and Collafirth areas were removed from the plans. A total of 24 turbines were originally proposed for the . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Highland councillors to consider impact of proposed Sutherland overhead power line

Highland councillors have been asked to raise no objection to Scottish Hydro’s plans for a 14-mile stretch of overhead power lines from a Sutherland wind farm to a substation. The line will start at Creag Riabach windfarm and end at the recently consented Dalchork substation. Planners say the development risks an adverse impact on wild lands and natural heritage, including ornithology, bats, amphibians and insects. They say there is potential for an adverse cumulative impact of the development, taken in . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners claim huge windfarm will cause major damage to local roads

Campaigners claim a much-loved countryside roads could be ‘destroyed’ by being widened to cater for lorries and HGVs delivering construction materials for a controversial wind farm. Concerns have been raised about the impact of heavy traffic in Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride during the building of 150m high turbines near Skelmorlie. Parking restrictions would also be required in Largs Main Street during the transportation of bulky wind farm machinery according to traffic management plans which have now been lodged with . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘We don’t want your money’ – Shetland protests as SSE presses ahead with the UK’s biggest wind farm

Shetland stands to gain £2.2m a year in community benefit as Scottish energy giant SSE Renewables confirmed it is to press ahead with what would be the UK’s biggest onshore wind farm. Work on the huge Viking Energy wind farm is expected to start in late summer and is due to be completed in early 2024. And Scottish Government energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said the project was a “great symbol for the green recovery” of post-pandemic Scotland. Scotland has a . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sustainable Shetland questions SSE’s motives

The chairman of local campaign group Sustainable Shetland, Frank Hay, has called SSE’s £580 million investment decision in the controversial Viking Energy wind farm a “cynical attempt” to undermine the ongoing consultation process into the proposed interconnector transmission link. Meanwhile, central mainland councillor Moraig Lyall said that she remained strongly opposed to the Viking project, a view she had made clear during her election campaign. She said she had not “fully appreciated” until she was elected in November last year . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

SSE Renewables approves £580m investment in Viking Wind Farm, allowing Shetland interconnector to go ahead

A £580 million wind farm on Shetland will ensure an interconnector with mainland Scotland is built after a final investment decision by SSE Renewables. The 103-turbine Viking Wind Farm will be the largest onshore farm in the UK in terms of annual electricity output, expected to be around 1.9TWh – enough to power almost 500,000 homes. The company says its decision will drive forward a green economic recovery in Shetland and play a crucial role in contributing towards the UK . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Perth energy firm SSE Renewables gives green light to £580m Shetland wind farm project

Perth-based energy firm SSE Renewables has given the green light to a £580m onshore wind farm in Shetland today. The announcement on Viking Onshore Wind Farm on Shetland follows financial close of the Seagreen offshore wind farm earlier this month. Seagreen, off 27km the coast of Angus, is a £3 billion joint venture with Total and will be the largest in Scotland when built. Together the projects will create around 800 new jobs, with a major boost to Montrose where . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sutherland windfarm operators paid a total of £63m to turn off turbines

The operators of windfarms in Sutherland have been paid a whopping £63,475,000 in total during the last 10 years for turning their turbines off at times of grid congestion. it has emerged. The figure has been compiled from data collated by registered charity the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF). Brenda Herrick of the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum has said she is shocked at the extent of the payment, which is met by customers through their electricity bills, as are community benefit . . . Complete story »

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