Wind tur­bine blaze sparks probe

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Cam­paign­ers have called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter tur­bines at a wind­farm went up in flames.

The fires hap­pened at Are­cleoch, a 60- tur­bine devel­op­ment which opened five years ago near Bar­rhill, Ay r shi re. Wi tnesses claimed molten me­tal be­came de­tached from the tur­bines in the in­ci­dents.

Are­cleoch wind­farm is op­er­ated by Scot­tishPower Re­new­ables, who are owned by Span­ish util­ity gi­ants Iber­drola. SPR said there had been faults in the mech­a­nism hous­ing.

Su­san Crosth­waite, UK spokes­woman for the Euro­pean Plat­form Against Wind­farms, and who lives near Are­cleoch, said: “We need an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and as­sur­ances that more wind tur­bines aren’t surely go­ing to start go­ing up in flames.”

A Scot­tishPower said: “To­gether with man­u­fac­tur­ers Gamesa we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.”

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