The number of onshore wind turbines in Scotland is set to double to about 10,000 by the end of the decade as part of the SNP’s power-sharing deal with the Greens. Despite complaints that the country is already “one giant wind farm”, ministers have signalled plans to produce up to a further 12 gigawatts of green energy from turbines on the land by 2030. More than 4,000 turbines are set to appear across rural parts of the country, on top of the thousands already built, under construction or with planning consent. The march of wind turbines has met resistance from rural communities who feel under siege. Some face being “encircled” by multiple wind farm proposals and claim the planning system is weighted in favour of developers.
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