The proposal to erect community owned wind turbines on the Black Isle, north of Inverness, failed to get a majority of votes in the community ballot.
Everyone in the electoral role for the Ward 10, Black Isle was entitled to vote. The area is large, stretching from Cromarty in the north east to Tore and including Avoch and Fortrose. More than 8,000 residents were eligible to vote and more than half – 4,882 – responded.
To be a valid community vote at least 50% of those entitled are required to return their ballots: 56% of electors returned their postal votes to the Electoral Reform Society in London.
There was a margin of 430 votes between the YES and NO voters. 2,225 (45.6%) were in favour and 2,655 (54.4%) were against.
Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland, said: ‘It’s clear from the result that people did not want a wind farm on the Millbuie ridge on the Black Isle, even if it is owned by the community.
“Although 54% voted ‘no’, 45% voted ‘yes’ and this does indicate a strong level of commitment to renewable energy in the community.
“I am sure that Transition BIack Isle and Black Isle Community Energy will dust themselves off and continue their great work helping people on the Black Isle to address critical energy and climate change issues.’