Burcote Wind files plans for 62.7-MW Scottish wind farm
Dec 19, 2013 - Scottish wind farm developer Burcote Wind today said it had submitted a planning application for its 62.7-MW Creggan wind scheme in Scotland’s Kintyre peninsula.
The company wants to install 19 pieces of 125-m (410 ft) turbines north-east of the village of Glenbarr in the Argyll and Bute area. Initially, the plan was for 26 turbines for 78 MW of capacity but the number was cut after surveys and feedback from the local community. The capacity per turbine was increased to 3.3 MW.
Recently, Burcote re-confirmed a memorandum of understanding with local company Wind Towers Scotland Ltd, under which the latter is to deliver wind towers to the project developer’s wind schemes in Scotland, including the Creggan site. Wind Towers is majority owned by UK energy company SSE plc (LON:SSE). Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish government agency set up to promote economic growth in the region, holds a minority stake.
The proposed wind farm is to produce enough power for some 33,552 households in the area and will also avoid 61,548 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, Burcote calculates. The firm noted that its project includes proposals for significant habitat, species and cultural heritage enhancement.
If the Creggan wind farm gets planning nod, Burcote Wind will set up a community benefit fund of GBP 5,000 (USD 8,200/EUR 6,000) per MW of installed capacity each year. This equals GBP 313,500 annually during the wind park’s 25-year lifespan, the developer said.