Scotland gives conditional approval to 68.4MW Aikengall II wind farm

4 March 2013 (Last Updated March 4th, 2013 18:30)

The Scottish government has given partial approval for the development of the 68.4MW Aikengall II wind farm, located in the east of Scotland.

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The Scottish government has given partial approval for the development of the 68.4MW Aikengall II wind farm, located in the east of Scotland.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has imposed a number of conditions to limit the project's visual and environmental impact on the Oldhamstocks Conservation Area, including reducing the number of turbines.

The programme will now include 19 turbines, three fewer turbines than the developer applied for.

The level of noise the turbines can make has also been limited.

The wind power project will be capable of supplying over 32,000 households with clean electricity.

About 100 jobs will be created during the construction of the wind power project.

Ewing noted that the wind energy project will displace nearly 77,000t of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

"The development will lead to £98m of capital investment, mostly spent in Scotland. The turbines for the development will be constructed in Campbelltown," Ewing said.

Since May 2007, the Scottish government has considered 79 energy projects, of which 56 were renewable energy projects, including 32 onshore wind farms.

The government is considering about 46 applications of over 50MW capacity generating stations, of which 44 will involve renewable energy projects.


Image: The Aikengall II wind farm in will now include 19 turbines. Photo: Courtesy of Paul Anderson.

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