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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 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners claim village ‘under siege’ as fourth wind farm proposed

Campaigners against a proposed Sutherland wind farm development – the fourth within sight – fear their village is “under siege”. The K2 Action Group, which compromises of residents in and around the village of Rogart, have hit out at the proposal by Wind2 to erect seven new turbines measuring in at 432 feet – more than 260 feet taller than the Forth Rail Bridge. Campaigners have raised concerns relating to the development complying with the Highland Local Development Plan, fearing . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage as jobs at Scotland’s biggest offshore wind project go to China

Supply chain jobs at the country’s biggest offshore wind farm project are being lost to China. Skilled work on Seagreen in the Firth of Forth will be carried out overseas, fuelling criticism of the so-called “green jobs revolution” in Scotland. Gary Smith, Scotland secretary of the GMB trade union, said: “This would be the death knell for any meaningful offshore wind manufacturing industry in Scotland – an utter scandal and a national disgrace.” In 2010, the Scottish Government estimated that . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant Shetland wind farm plans revived with new mainland link proposal

A giant Shetland wind project has renewed its commitment to push on with construction, as a fresh proposal to connect the island to the mainland was approved by officials yesterday. The news was touted as a massive shot in the arm for the 103-turbine Viking Onshore Wind Farm, which lost out on a UK Government contract bid in September. Developer SSE Renewables said it was “fully committed” to the development and was “seeking out other ways to fund” the wind . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Towering wind turbine planned for new South Ayrshire school

The new £42 million Carrick Academy super school is set to have a huge wind turbine on site. It would measure 30 metres in height and generate electricity for the building. The state-of-the-art Maybole campus will be environmentally friendly and completely carbon neutral vows South Ayrshire Council. It is due to open in August 2021 if all goes to plan after securing funding from the Scottish Government. The council has lodged a proposal of application notice for the erection of . . . Complete story »

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 »

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