Despite renewed objections, the renewable power company behind the locally-controversial Cowal and Trossachs Forest wind farm yesterday reiterated its intention to submit a formal planning application for the development.
If approved by Argyll & Bute council, the site near Dunoon would have a maximum of 20 wind turbines capable of generating more than 50MW of electricity.
PNE Wind UK and the Forestry Commission Scotland are working in close partnership to bring forward proposals for the development. A spokeswoman at the company’s head office in Edinburgh said that ‘it is our intention to submit an application later this year.”
She added: “PNE Wind UK is committed to comprehensive consultation with the local community and has explored a range of ways in which to engage both statutory consultees and local residents, and to create a constructive environment for discussion.
“We will continue to engage local residents and consultees as our plans progress. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the proposals to contact us directly should they wish to receive a presentation or further information”
PNE Wind UK is a subsidiary of PNE Wind AG, a German wind farm developer. PNE is one of six renewable power companies granted exclusive territorial permits to research and develop new Forestry Commission sites in Scotland for wind farms. PNE has also developed proposals for the Tay Forest Wind Farm in Highland Perthshire.
The Scottish Government has a target of generating 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020. To help meet this target, Forestry Commission Scotland is working to develop the wind power potential of the National Forest Estate.
Since 2009, the Forestry Commission has been selecting development partners to deliver renewable energy from wind farm projects, whilst maximising local community benefits. PNE Wind UK was awarded exclusive rights to investigate the feasibility of new onshore wind energy projects within the Tay, Cowal and Trossachs forest districts.
In the Highlands and Argyllshire, E.On have been granted territorial rights, while Fred Olsen Renewables have been awarded Grampian and Morayshire; the Central Belt and the Borders has been allocated to Partnership for Renewables, while Scottish Power has the South West/ Dumfriesshire area.