A Caithness councillor has been told that the Scottish Government has no plans to look again at whether onshore wind farms are having a negative impact on tourism. At the same time, the government has reiterated that wind energy can have a positive effect on communities through skilled employment and community benefit funding. Councillor Matthew Reiss, who has been calling for further research into the consequences of multiple wind farms, said the response smacked of “complacency and arrogance”. He has been urging the Scottish Government to undertake studies into a range of issues arising from onshore wind development, including planning blight, turbine noise, buffer zones, the risk of population decline, mental health effects, constraints payments and the implications for tourism.
John O’Groat Journal 8th April 2021 read more »
SSE’s first subsidy-free onshore wind farm generates first power in Highlands. Renewable energy developer SSE Renewables is celebrating first power from one of its new onshore wind farms. Situated about six miles north-west of Brora in the Highlands, the first four turbines for the Gordonbush Extension Wind Farm began turning this week. When fully complete, the 38 megawatt (MW) development will generate enough green electricity to power 46,000 UK homes each year.
Energy Voice 9th April 2021 read more »