Kilmichael for­est site for planned wind farm

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

An Ir­ish wind farm devel­oper is look­ing to build a wind farm in the hills around Kilmichael Glen and Ford.

A pre-ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment by Ar­cus Con­sul­tancy on be­half of Cork-based en­ergy com­pany En­erco on Au­gust 13.

The pro­posed Glas­vaar de­vel­op­ment would in­volve 38 tur­bines, con­structed close to the site of the ex­ist­ing 21-tur­bine A’Cru­ach wind farm in the hills at the back of Lochgair.

As sub­mit­ted, the Glas­vaar wind farm, in­volv­ing tur­bines reach­ing 175 me­tres to the blade tips, would po­ten­tially gen­er­ate more than 100MW of elec­tric­ity.

An­cil­lary work would in­volve the cre­ation of hard stand­ings for cranes, site ac­cess tracks and the con­struc­tion of an elec­tric­ity sub­sta­tion.

Ar­cus Con­sul­tancy has be­gun pre-ap­pli­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tion as part of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment process.

Within the ap­pli­ca­tion, Ar­cus Con­sul­tancy states: ‘The aim of the scop­ing process is to iden­tify key en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues at an early stage, to help de­ter­mine which el­e­ments of the pro­posal are likely to cause sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects, and iden­tify is­sues that can be scoped out for the as­sess­ment.’

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