Scot-Govt approves new Highlands wind farms for SSE and RES, but rejects West Coast Energy bid

The existing Gordonbush wind farm
The existing Gordonbush wind farm

There has been mixed results for major wind power companies in their bids to develop new turbine farms in Scotland.

The Scot-Govt has approved new projects proposed by SSE and RES, while rejecting the bid by Wales-based West Coast Energy to build a new 25-turbine wind farm near Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire.

This was rejected because of negative visual impact it would have on the natural environment in the Urlar Burn glen.

The successful applications for the Cairn Duhie (off the A939 between Nairn and Grantown) and Gordonbush wind farm near Brora, are both in the Highlands.

Renewable Energy Systems’ Cairn Duhie 60MW development comprises 20 turbines, with a maximum blade height of 110 metres.

SSE’s 56-MW Gordonbush extension comprises 16 turbines with a maximum blade height of 110 metres.

Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally opened the world’s first floating wind farm, which is anchored 15 miles from the coast from Peterhead in Grampian.

The Hywind project has been developed by a Norwegian power company.

18 Oct 2017

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