New £90m plans for Glenkens wind­farm

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

STU­ART GILLESPIE An en­ergy giant wants to in­vest nearly £90 mil­lion build­ing a wind­farm in the Glenkens.

EDF En­ergy is plan­ning to de­velop a site at Tros­ton Loch, around five miles east of Dalry.

It has ap­plied for per­mis­sion to erect up to 14 tur­bines which would have a max­i­mum height of 150 me­tres.

EDF say the scheme would have a po­ten­tial ca­pac­ity of up to 67 megawatts and the size of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment means they have had to ap­ply to the Scot­tish Govern­ment, rather than the coun­cil, for plan­ning per­mis­sion.

In their plan­ning state­ment, the firm claims the an­tic­i­pated cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture for the wind­farm would be £88.7 mil­lion, of which just over £10 mil­lion would be spent within Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

There will be the full- time equiv­a­lent of nine jobs cre­ated dur­ing the 18 month con­struc­tion pe­riod and EDF is propos­ing a com­mu­nity ben­e­fit fund worth up to £336,000 – or £10 mil­lion over the 30 year life­span of the de­vel­op­ment. They will also of­fer the lo­cal com­mu­nity share­down­er­ship in the project.

Mean­while, the en­ergy com­pany be­hind a dif­fer­ent wind­farm de­vel­op­ment has asked for per­mis­sion to build big­ger tur­bines.

E.ON were handed plan­ning per­mis­sion by the Scot­tish Govern­ment in 2017 to build 18 tur­bines at Ben­brack, which is north-east of Car­sphairn.

The max­i­mum height of the tur­bines was sup­posed to be 130m.

They have now asked to be al­lowed to build 16, 150m tall tur­bines with the other two be­ing in­creased to 132m and 135m.

They also want plan­ning per­mis­sion to run for 30 years, rather than 25.

And Ger­man firm En­ergiekon­tor UK Ltd has ap­pealed to the Scot­tish Govern­ment over its plans for a wind­farm at Glen­shim­me­roch near Dalry.

They want to build 10-tur­bines on the site and have lodged an ap­peal as the coun­cil hasn’t made a de­ci­sion on their plans within the re­quired time frame.

Mapped out McNabb Lau­rie with plans for the Gal­loway Glens Scheme

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