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SCOTLANDTO­DAY

Number of wind farms to triple

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THE NUMBER of wind farms in Scotland will triple within years but will still leave the country facing an uphill struggle to meet its climate change targets, according to figures released as the UN climate change summit opens today.

There are plans to increase the country’s total from 1,131 turbines to at least 3,855, with nearly 1,000 already given consent or under constructi­on.

But if the Scottish Government is to meet its ambitious goals on emissions, even more growth in the renewable energy sector will be needed, creating further tensions between developers, residents and conservati­on groups.

Several large wind farm developmen­ts have met with fierce opposition in the past year but the government and environmen­tal charities maintain Scotland has plenty of space for wind farm expansion.

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