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Scottish ministers back two new major wind farms

Words: Roger Milne
A rural wind farm - The number of wind farms granted planning permission has more than doubled over the past two years, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Scottish government ministers have approved proposals for two separate major wind farm developments this week.

One is the 22-turbine Creag Riabhach wind farm located on the Altnaharra Estate, near Lairg, in the North Highlands, which will have a capacity of nearly 73 megawatts (MW).

The second project is a 19-turbine wind farm in the south of Scotland. Aikengall IIa will be located in the Lammermuir Hills between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders and will generate 75.5 MW. Consent came following an appeal.

The Creag Riabhach wind farm proposal was supported by the local community council and Highland Council raised no objection.

However, the scheme fell within the designation of a so-called ‘Wild Land Area’.

Conservation and mountaineering groups were “disappointed and concerned” by the decision.

The Aikengall IIa decision can be read here - for free.

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