Windfarm Extension Approved for Scotland

A windfarm extension project which will supply green electricity to around 100,000 households every year has been given the go-ahead by Scottish Ministers. Deputy Enterprise Minister Allan Wilson announced the approval of plans for 52 new turbines with a generating capacity of 164 MW at Crystal Rig windfarm near Dunbar, East Lothian.

Scotland has set a target to generate 40 percent of the province’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020 as part of their commitment to addressing climate change. These targets will be met from a variety of renewable technologies. Once complete, Crystal Rig will increase renewable energy generation in Scotland from 62.5 MW to a new total of 226.5 MW. “Today’s announcement will not only deliver clear environmental benefits, cutting carbon emissions and combating climate change, but is also a step towards securing Scotland’s position as a world leader in the renewable energy technology sector,” Wilson said. Crystal Rig Windfarm was developed by Fred Olsen Renewables Limited, the UK arm of the Renewable Energy Division of the Norwegian Quoted companies Ganger Rolf ASA and Bonheur ASA. The company is represented by Natural Power Consultants who are currently developing a number of windfarm sites in Scotland. The existing Crystal Rig windfarm comprises 25 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 62.5 megawatts of which 20 turbines with a capacity of 50 megawatts are presently constructed, and lies in the Lammermuir Hills south of Dunbar. The extension is for a 52 turbine windfarm with a generation capacity of up to 164 megawatts, dependent on final turbine choice. The consent granted provides that 23 of the turbines would lie within the Scottish Borders Council area while the remaining 29 will lie within the East Lothian Council area. Any proposal to construct, extend or operate a wind farm with a generation capacity in excess of 50 MW requires consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Such consents usually include deemed planning permission in terms of Section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

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