Banks Renewables submits revised plan for 74.8-MW Scottish wind farm
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Banks Renewables said today it has submitted revised plans for its Lethans community wind farm project in East Ayrshire, Scotland, reducing the number of turbines to 22 from 26.
The altered 74.8-MW plan involves removing five turbines that were planned to be erected on a ridge and inserting one new turbine in an area with lower visual impact.
The developer first submitted a planning application for the project in March 2015.
The new application will be considered by East Ayrshire Council by the end of 2016. If the local authority recommends it for approval, then the application will be considered by the Scottish government by summer 2017.
The wind farm will cost GBP 70 million (USD 91.9m/EUR 83.6m) to build, Banks Renewables estimates, of which GBP 17 million could be local contracts. It would also contribute GBP 8 million over its lifetime towards community initiatives and there will be a GBP-250,000-investment to improve access to the site with walking and cycling facilities.
The developer is offering the community to buy up to 5% in the wind farm.