Sep 24, 2014 - UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, or RES Group, on Tuesday won the appeal against the rejection of its 30-MW Solwaybank wind farm project in Scotland.
The appeal was lodged with the Scottish government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) in June after the Dumfries and Galloway Council refused to clear the company’s planning application. Councillors turned down the project in February due to the potential impact of the planned wind farm on the Eskdalemuir seismological monitoring complex and air traffic control radars.
As part of the Solwaybank scheme, RES plans to install 15 turbines with a maximum height of 126.5 metres (415 feet) at a site between Lockerbie and Langholm. When up and running, the facility will be able to generate enough power for over 19,000 homes, RES calculates.
The developer’s original proposal was for 21 machines.
At the end of May, the Scottish government announced that all objections for wind projects in the Eskdalemuir zone, which sought permission before end-2013, would be removed and released estimates that more than 1 GW of onshore wind farms could go online near the monitoring facility without disturbing its work.
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