Plans to build nine giant 93m-high wind turbines near the iconic Gleneagles Hotel have been approved by the Scottish Government, despite more than 400 complaints from locals. Developers have been battling for more than a decade to build the Strathallan Wind Farm at Greenscares, between Comrie and Braco, in rural Perthshire. The project was rejected by councillors in April 2017. Among those who objected Gleneagles Hotel management and the head of an exclusive Perthshire estate used in the TV show Outlander. The scheme was lodged several years after a similar four-turbine plan for the same site was refused.
Scotsman 21st Jan 2019 read more »
Installations of new onshore wind farms have hit the lowest level in seven years. That’s according to new analysis by RenewableUK, which found the figure fell by nearly 80% last year since 2011. A total of 598MW of new onshore wind capacity was installed last year, consisting of 263 turbines at 54 sites – a fall from 2.66GW installed the year before. The trade body suggests the announcement of Hitachi suspending the development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa in north Wales adds to the gap in clean energy needed to meet the UK’s carbon targets.
Energy Live News 22nd Jan 2019 read more »