RES files for approval of 13-turbine wind project in Scottish Borders
Wind park in Scotland. Author: Ian Dick. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) has recently filed a planning application with the Scottish Borders Council regarding a 13-turbine Highlee Hill wind farm it seeks to build near Chesters.
The scheme will now undergo a statutory consultation period, following validation of the planning application.
“We have selected a taller turbine at Highlee, which we believe is acceptable within the landscape and will optimise the amount of electricity that can be generated with fewer turbines,” said Ruth Elder, RES development manager.
The project is expected to provide GBP 3.6 million (USD 4.7m/EUR 4.2m) of inward investment to the local economy in the form of jobs, employment and use of local services. It will also bring in GBP 575,000 a year in business rates, RES said.
If completed, the wind park will be able to generate enough power for over 30,000 homes, which is the equivalent to the local towns of Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk and Kelso combined.