Sandy Knowe was one of a series of 10 planned Burcote Wind Renewables’ turbine parcs in a £1 billion investment in Scotland.
The Minister agreed with the findings of Scottish Natural Heritage who raised serious concerns over cumulative impact and adverse landscape and visual affect the wind farm would have in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway.
Ewing said: “Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefits from renewable energy. We need a balanced approach in taking forward this policy and have to consider what impact any development would have on the local area.
“That is why I have refused permission for the proposed Sandy Knowe wind farm, near Kirkconnel, which would have had an unacceptable landscape and visual impact in the Dumfries and Galloway area.
“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish Planning Policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”
But Fraser Campbell, operations director developer Burcote Wind Renewables, said the scheme had “massive support” from local residents.
“Those people will now miss out on the £450,000 per annum community benefit fund associated with the development which local groups had already began to plan to use to deliver long-term socio-economic benefits for the whole of Upper Nithsdale,” he said.