Project Development, Wind Power

Scottish Wind Farm Expansion Gets Go-ahead

North Ayrshire Council’s Planning Committee gave the go-ahead to an extension to Airtricity’s Ardrossan Wind Farm at Busbie Muir in Scotland. The committee unanimously approved a planning application to erect three additional wind turbines and associated infrastructure, increasing the capacity of the wind farm from 24 to 30 megawatts (MW).

Councilors were told in a report by planning officers that the wind farm has been generating renewable energy for some two years and has become a well-established landmark in the area. The report said that the wind farm has been “well received” by the local community. “That can be demonstrated from the fact that it received some 1,600 visitors during the last year and has not resulted in any complaints regarding its operation, nor any public objections to the current application for its extension,” added the report. Planning approval was granted subject to a Section 75 agreement with the Council. Work will start later this year on the new extension With the extra three turbines, bringing the total to 15 turbines, the Ardrossan Wind Farm will generate 30 MW of green electricity, enough power for 18,750 homes. It will contribute to tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 85,000 tons a year. “The three new V80 turbines, like the existing ones on the site, will be manufactured and assembled at Vestas in Campeltown and the wind farm extension will ensure that Airtricity keeps to its commitment of providing local jobs in Scotland,” Alan Baker, chief executive of Airtricity Scotland. “We will continue to liaise closely with the local community during the construction of the new turbines,” added Baker. “We have good relations with the local community and work closely with local schools who are actively participating in our education programme on renewable energy. We are delighted to welcome local school pupils to the wind farm as part of their studies.” Next Saturday, 26th August, the Ardrossan Wind Farm will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, with lots of activities for all the family. During the day, there will be a free bus service from South Beach Rail Station to and from the wind farm. The “open day” is part of national wind weekend. The Ardrossan Wind Farm is only one of two wind farms in Scotland that are opening their doors to the public.