EXCLUSIVE: Glasgow wind-eveloper looks to build new subsidy-free turbine farm in Arygllshire

The100-m lattice mast
The100-m lattice mast

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

A new 100-m guyed lattice mast – one of the tallest in Britain – has been installed on the site of a new wind farm to be built in Argyllshire.

While the removal of UK Government subsidies for onshore wind in the Rudd Re-set led to a severe slowdown in new site development, the publication of the Scottish Energy Strategy – which aims to generate 50% of all energy demand from renewables by 2030 – and Onshore Wind Policy Statements has given renewed hope for a post-subsidy resurgence in the wind-ustry.

Consequently, a number of developers are engaging in early-stage site prospecting ahead of anticipated greenfield development in the future, such as in this case by the secretive Glasgow-based Force-9 Energy, which aims to build ‘subsidy-free’.

The site itself for the met-mast is constrained by nearby forest, deep bogs and steep slopes, while challenging ground conditions consisting of deep peat and bedrock added a further layer of complexity to the installation.

4 May 2018

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