Wind farm in Scotland. Author: Neil Williamson. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
The Scottish government announced on Monday it has approved a 64.6-MW wind project in South Lanarkshire and, at the same time, rejected a proposal for an up to 72-MW wind farm in Caithness.
More specifically, energy minister Fergus Ewing has given planning consent to the UK subsidiary of German developer PNE Wind AG (ETR:PNE3) for the installation of 19 turbines on land south of Glespin. The project is likely to benefit the local community by about GBP 8 million (USD 12.4m/EUR 11.2m) over the 25-year operating period of the plant.
Meanwhile, Ewing has refused such permission to local developer Infinergy for the 72-MW Limekiln wind project in Caithness that was also rejected by the Highland Council North Planning Applications Committee in October 2013.
“Each application is considered on its merits which is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Limekiln in line with the Reporter’s recommendation,” said Ewing.