December 10 (Renewables Now) - The Scottish Ministers have granted approval to the 62.7-MW Pencloe wind project proposed by UK-based North British Wind and US clean energy developer Invenergy LLC.
The section 36 consent was issued last Thursday, allowing the developers to install 19 turbines with a hub height of up to 125 metres (410.1 ft) near New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, southwestern Scotland. In its decision, the Ministers have ruled out that, in spite of its effect on the landscape, the project will have a visual impact that will not be “pervasive.” According to the approval, which contains some conditions, the proposal would make “a worthwhile contribution towards the achievement of challenging national renewable energy targets and a low carbon economy, which are identified priorities for the Scottish Government.”
The original application for the project was submitted in 2015. It involved the installation of 21 turbines with a combined capacity of up to 69.3 MW. The proposal was revised following a public inquiry and objections from local authorities concerning its visual, landscape and aviation impact.