Scottish Government rejects 34-turbine wind farm

Plans to build a wind farm in the Highlands, which would have generated enough electricity to power up to 61,000 homes, has been rejected by the Scottish Government. Energy Minister […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Plans to build a wind farm in the Highlands, which would have generated enough electricity to power up to 61,000 homes, has been rejected by the Scottish Government.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the 34-turbine Glenmorie project would cause “unacceptable landscape and visual impacts, including on wild land”.

Mr Ewing said: “Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy. We need a balanced approach in taking forward this policy and have to consider what impact any development would have on the local area.

“That is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Glenmorie.”

Lizzie Foot, Glenmorie Wind Farm Project Manager said the decision was “disappointing”, adding: “Glenmorie could have contributed to Scotland’s ambitious 100% renewable electricity target while providing a significant number of jobs for Highland firms.”