Tuesday, 14 July 2021 08:55

19 turbine wind farm approved for South Lanarkshire

19 turbine wind farm approved for South Lanarkshire

A 19 turbine wind farm in Kennoxhead, South Lanarkshire, which is expected to benefit the local community by £8million, has received planning consent.

PNE WIND UK can now construct the turbines, with an installed capacity of 64.6 megawatts, on land south of Glespin.

The money raised over its 25 year operating period will be split between the South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund and a dedicated local fund, which will spenst the money in consultation with community groups.

While the Kennoxhead farm has received planning consent, a proposed site at Limekiln Wind Farm in Caithness has been refused, in line with the outcome of a Public Local Inquiry into the matter.

Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, said: “The wind farm in Kennoxhead will bring considerable benefits to the local community as well as having the capacity to power an estimated 30,208 homes. I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefit from renewable energy, which will help to reduce climate emissions.

“We have been clear that wind farms can only be built in the right places, and that proposed developments are subject to strict planning laws. Our policy strikes a careful balance between utilising Scotland's significant renewable energy resources whilst protecting our finest scenic landscapes and natural heritage.”

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