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Plans lodged for East Ayrshire wind farm

Power News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Electric Energy Online reported that revised plans for a community backed wind farm that could positively transform the local economy have been submitted following a careful redesign. Hamilton-based employer, Banks Renewables, has amended plans for the Lethans Wind Farm in order to boost the amount of clean, green energy generated, while maintaining its commitments for a 22 turbine site.

Situated east of New Cumnock, the revised plans will optimise the electrical generating efficiency of the site in order to supply an estimated 105.6MW of energy to the National Grid enough to power over 90,000 homes*. The improved proposal looks to increase the site’s lifespan from 25 to 30 years, as well as increase the height and the rotor diameter of the turbines, allowing Banks to invest even more in the local community and economy.

Communities within 10km of Lethans would benefit from a GBP 7.1 million local community benefit fund; a GBP 1.3 million skills and training fund to help around 440 local unemployed people overcome barriers to work; GBP 250,000 contribution towards new mountain bike trails on the Lethans site; GBP 7.1 million contribution East Ayrshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund; as well offering the local community the opportunity to purchase up to a 5% share in the wind farm.

Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager at Banks Renewables, said that “Our updated plans are really exciting and reflect our commitment to delivering real, long-lasting benefits to East Ayrshire. If the amendments are approved, it will enable us to increase the clean, green electricity generated by Lethans Wind Farm, as well as make an investment of approximately GBP 39 million into the Scottish economy during construction. Overall, it is estimated that GBP 132 million will be invested into the Scottish economy during the project lifecycle.

The site was initially granted planning consent by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in March 2018 following a positive recommendation from East Ayrshire Council.

Mr Jeannie added that “We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the planning process over the past couple of years and hope that it will once again lead to a positive decision from the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit and local planning authority.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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