Thursday, February 07, 2008

Perthshire Wind Farm Gets Go-Ahead

The last day of January was a landmark date for the people of Perthshire, as the third-largest wind farm in Scotland, due to be constructed in rural Perthshire, was granted consent to proceed.

The application has been subject to much opposition from public and conservation organisations alike, who feel that the natural landscape will be harmed by the erection of a new wind farm, despite the perceived benefits of the creation of such a new energy generating facility. Perth and Kinross Council had previously rejected the application due to public opposition, however a public inquiry was then held, with the final decision on approval coming down to Ministers.

Jim Mather, energy minister said:

"The wind farm will have the capacity to meet electricity demand for more than 100,000 homes, a further demonstation of Scotland's renewable energy potential"
Griffin wind farm, to be located near Aberfeldy will comprise 68 turbines each 124 metres tall.

Further information available from: http://www.greenpowerinternational.com/griffin.html

The Wilderness Foundation UK continues to monitor the development of wind farm sites across the British Isles. We maintain our position that wherever possible, turbines should be located either in landscapes already containing a substantial built element or in offshore areas of of sight of unspoilt coastlines.

If you feel strongly about this issue, please email the Wilderness Foundation UK at windfarms@wildernessfoundation.co.uk

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