RES slashes number of turbines in second application for new Borders wind farm by two-thirds

CGI of RES' proposed Highlee Hill wind farm, near Hawick
CGI of RES’ proposed Highlee Hill wind farm, near Hawick

Glasgow-based RES has submitted a revised planning application for a new wind farm in the Borders – with just 13 turbines instead of the 37 originally proposed – following consultation with the local community.

The Highlee Hill wind farm, near Hawick, is subject to a planning application recently submitted to Borders Council, where it is now proposed to install two turbines with a tip height of 150m and a further 11 turbines with a tip height of 176m.

The project has the potential to provide sufficient renewable energy to meet the average demand of more than 30,000 homes – equivalent to the local towns of Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk and Kelso combined.

The project will now enter into a statutory consultation period, following validation of the planning application, run by Borders Council in order to gather formal submissions on the proposal.

RES has estimated that Highlee Hill Wind Farm, near Chesters, will bring £3.6 million of inward investment into the Borders economy in the form of jobs, employment and use of local services, alongside £575,000 a year in business rates. 

Ruth Elder, RES Development Manager, said: “We’ve undertaken a range of engagement activities to design a project that we believe reflects the best balance of economic, environmental and social considerations. 

“We have selected a taller turbine at Highlee, which we believe is acceptable within the landscape and will optimise the amount of electricity that can be generated with fewer turbines.

“Onshore wind is the least expensive form of large scale low carbon electricity and by utilising wind energy at a site like Highlee Hill we are helping to make an important transition to a low cost, low carbon future for Scotland – great for consumers and our economy.”

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