A six-turbine extension to Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm located in the Ochil Hills, was granted planning consent at appeal this week.
The 12 megawatt (MW) Rhodders Wind Farm development will be located immediately to the west of the operational 13 turbine wind farm, which is owned and operated by EDF Energy Renewables.
Wind Prospect Developments Ltd, on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables, submitted a planning application for the Rhodders Wind Farm in November 2011. An appeal was lodged to the Scottish Government following refusal of the application by Clackmannanshire Council in July 2013.
The decision follows consent from Perth & Kinross Council in March last year for a two-turbine, 4MW extension to the Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm.
Construction is underway to erect these two turbines immediately north of the operational wind farm and has the advantage of being able to make use of the existing infrastructure as far as possible in the build process.
The first Repower wind turbine is expected to be delivered on site late this spring with both turbines expected to be energised early this summer. Once a construction plan is in place for Rhodders Wind Farm, the local community will be updated.
Sarah Dooley, Wind Prospect Developments’ Senior Development Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to gain consent for the Rhodders Wind Farm. Renewable energy projects such as this are crucial to delivering a more sustainable energy future for the UK as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are confident that the Rhodders Wind Farm will, in addition to the operational Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm and its extension, play a positive role in benefiting the local community. These three schemes will continue to make a real difference to the area through the Burnfoot Hill Community Benefit Fund and the ongoing contributions to the Ochils Landscape Partnership. Combined they are expected to generate as much electricity as is used by all the homes in Clackmannanshire.”