Thumbs up for 64.6MW Scottish onshore wind farm

Plans to build a wind farm in Kennoxhead, South Lanarkshire, has been approved by the Scottish Government. PNE WIND UK, a subsidiary of a German company, will build the 19-turbine wind […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Plans to build a wind farm in Kennoxhead, South Lanarkshire, has been approved by the Scottish Government.

PNE WIND UK, a subsidiary of a German company, will build the 19-turbine wind project with a total capacity of 64.6MW.

It will generate enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes.

The company claims the project could add £8 million to the local community during the 25-year operational period.

The money will be split between the South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund and a dedicated local fund.

The Scottish Government has however rejeced the Limekiln Wind Farm in Caithness.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “We have been clear that wind farms can only be built in the right places and that proposed developments are subject to strict planning laws. Our policy strikes a careful balance between utilising Scotland’s significant renewable energy resources whilst protecting our finest scenic landscapes and natural heritage.”