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News Archive - Jan-Jun 2008



Scotland's green energy strategy took another step forward today with approval for two wind farms capable of generating electricity for 117,000 homes.

The 60 turbine, 180 Megawatt (MW) Arecleoch wind farm near Barrhill in South Ayrshire - set to be Scotland's fourth largest - will generate enough electricity for 76,000 homes.

The 28 turbine, 84 MW Mark Hill wind farm in South Ayrshire will generate electricity for 41,000 homes.

These projects will make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government's target of 31% of electricity from renewables by 2011.

More details can be found on the decision index pages for Arecleoch and Mark Hill.



A wind farm capable of powering a third of the homes in Argyll and Bute has been approved.

Ministers have consented the 60 Megawatt, 20 turbine Carraig Gheal wind farm near Kilchrenan, which could power 32,000 homes.

More details can be found in the decision index.



To help provide a national overview of windfarm development in Scotland SNH are now producing a quarterly windfarm footprint map. The windfarm footprint map is intended to provide an overview of the windfarms which have been consented or are going through the application process.

Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS)

At the meeting of the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS) on the 13th November 2006, the then Deputy First Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Nicol Stephen announced the formation of a sub-group to review the renewables consenting process. The Sub-group, chaired by Keith MacLean - Head of Sustainable Development at Scottish Southern Energy, has met through out 2007. Keith presented its report to the FREDS meeting on 10 December 2007 . The Government's response, which was discussed at the FREDS meeting on 14 April 2008, is now available.

Lewis Wind Farm Refused Consent


Scottish Ministers have refused consent to construct a 181 turbine wind farm on the Isle of Lewis. Ministers decided the Lewis wind farm would have significant adverse impacts on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area which is designated due to its high value for rare and endangered birds. Energy Minister Jim Mather re-iterated his commitment to renewable energy development in the Western Isles. The Scottish Government has already pledged to find a way to help the Western Isles share in the economic and community benefits of renewable energy, in harmony with environmental obligations.

More details can be found on our news report and decision index.

Hydro electric scheme approved


A hydro electric scheme in Perthshire capable of powering around 1,000 homes was approved today by Ministers.

The 1.4 Megawatt Innerhadden Burn scheme will be two kilometres south east of Kinloch Rannoch.

More detail can be found on our news report.

Consent for Gordonbush Wind Farm given


Gordonbush wind farm, near Brora in Sutherland, which will be capable of powering 37,000 homes, was approved by Ministers today.

More details can be found in our news report.

Windfarms and tourism 'compatible'


Research has been published into the economic impacts of wind farms on Scottish Tourism. More details on this can be found in our news report.

Consent for Scotland's third largest Wind Farm - Griffin Wind Farm


Consent for a wind farm in Perthshire capable of meeting electricity demand for more than 100,000 homes was granted today by Ministers. The 68 turbine Griffin wind farm near Aberfeldy will have a generating capacity of 204 Megawatts (MW) of electricity.

More details can be found in our news report.

Second National Planning Framework

The Government has launched a consultation on the second National Planning Framework. Among other things this identifies projects as national developments which make a significant contribution to the achievement of climate change, renewable energy or waste management targets. Details of the consultation, which runs till 15 April 2008 can be found in our news report and consultation document.