New Laurencekirk wind turbine to generate £5,000 pa for local community

 

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.

Windline wind turbine development site at West Cairnbeg
Windline wind turbine development site at West Cairnbeg

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.”

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