Oct 27, 2011 - UK energy group SSE on Wednesday said its renewables division had given up plans to develop a 72.5-MW wind project at Waterhead Moor, North Ayrshire.
The group said that SSE Renewables had asked the Scottish government to withdraw the application for the 29-turbine wind farm after consultation with interested parties and in view of investment priorities.
SSE said the scheme had faced a number of construction and planning challenges, while the fact that the site was designated as a European special protection area had created additional complexity. The proposal for the farm was initiated before the site's designation, it said.
"This site had the wind resource and the site dynamics to be a very good project, but having listened to the concerns of the key consultees we have concluded that the reasonable action to take is to focus our resources on onshore wind farms elsewhere," SSE's director of onshore renewables, David Gardner, said.