Environment laws move SSE to withdraw wind farm plans

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has dropped plans for a wind farm project in the west of Scotland after the area was given special environmental status. The energy company had […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has dropped plans for a wind farm project in the west of Scotland after the area was given special environmental status.

The energy company had plans for a 72.5MW wind farm at Waterhead Moor in North Ayrshire, but asked the Scottish Government to withdraw its application when the region was designated as a European Special Protection Area.

David Gardner, SSE’s Director of Onshore Renewables 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 said it remains committed to onshore wind and referred to an application for a 171MW extension to Clyde Wind Farm to the Scottish Government, as well as ongoing building projects in Sutherland and Perthshire.