Scottish Trade & Industry Minister Keith Brown has granted planning approval for an 18-turbine wind farm in the Borders, while a smaller wind farm – also in the Borders – has been rejected by the Scottish local government minister.
Brown approved the new wind farm in Cloich Forest, near Peebles, which will generate up to £6 million in community benefit funding.
But Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart has refused the planning appeal by Engie and West Coast Energy for the eight-turbine Hag Law wind farm at nearby Romanno Bridge, also in the Borders.
Brown also gave the go-ahead for the 24-turbine Stranoch wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, which will power the equivalent of around 34,959 homes.
The completed Cloich wind farm will power the equivalent of almost 26,968 homes. It will be developed by Cloich Wind Farm Ltd LP, which is wholly owned by Partnerships for Renewables, and will have a generating capacity around 54MW.
Stranoch will be developed by Wind Prospects Developments and will have a generating capacity around 72MW.
Brown said: “Once the Cloich wind farm is operational it will generate £6 million for local people and community groups while producing enough electricity to power almost 26,968 homes.
“The development at Stranoch will power the equivalent of around 34,959 homes and both wind farms will provide a boost to their local economies, creating jobs and supporting local suppliers.
“Renewable energy sources generated more than 57% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015. The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been the key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low-carbon energy and delivering significant community benefits.”