The application by Windline (Cairnbeg) Ltd for a 77m tall 500kW wind turbine – to be built about two miles north of Laurencekirk – has been approved by Aberdeenshire council.
As part of the scheme, Windline will provide up to 20% of its shareholding to qualifying residents in and around West Cairnbeg, West Coullie, Auchacairnie Croft and Stoneyroo. The proposal has been made to local households – of which a substantial proportion has already indicated an interest in becoming active shareholders.
In addition to the share ownership scheme, Lloyd Garvie, Director, Windline Ltd, confirmed the development will donate £5,000 per year per MW consented (i.e. £2,500 per year, index linked, for this project) to the wider community.
Tony Gallagher, Edinburgh-based project manager for Atmos Consulting, which prepared the Environmental Appraisal to support Windline’s planning application, commented: “Windline have done their research and identified the site as an excellent location for a single wind turbine development.
“We are delighted that this development has been approved as it will bring significant benefits to the local community.”