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25/10/13 10:14

Wind farm to provide energy for 9,900 homes

Extension to wind farm approved.

Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a proposed extension at Mid Hill wind farm, near Banchory.

The proposed extension to the wind farm, which will be developed by Mid Hill Wind Limited, is to have nine turbines, bringing the total number of turbines to 34 and have a maximum generating capacity of 102MW. The farm could power the equivalent of more than 48,000 homes in the area.

Mr Ewing said:

“The Mid Hill wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime. Once it is up and running the wind farm will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and with this extension will now be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 48,000 homes.

“Wind farms, like Mid Hill, provide considerable benefits to their local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”

Notes to editors

  • The Scottish Government has determined 87 energy applications, including consent for 59 renewable applications: 33 onshore wind, 1 offshore wind, 19 hydro, 4 wave and tidal and 2 Renewable Thermal Plant; and 18 non-renewable projects since May 2007. The Scottish Government has previously rejected 10 energy applications since May 2007, all of which were onshore wind farms.
  • The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit is currently considering another 56 applications of >50MW capacity generating stations, including 52 onshore wind applications, 1 renewable hydro application, 1 non-renewable hydro applications, 2 renewable thermal applications. In addition to this there are 13 active applications for overhead lines, and 1 application for a Water Rights Order associated with a hydro development.