New Scottish wind farm given green light

A new wind farm which is expected to generate £9.4 million in community benefits has been given the go-ahead in Scotland. Community Wind Power’s project will have a capacity of 75.5MW […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A new wind farm which is expected to generate £9.4 million in community benefits has been given the go-ahead in Scotland.

Community Wind Power’s project will have a capacity of 75.5MW – equivalent to powering 35,000 homes.

The benefits will be divided between local communities.

The 19-turbine Aikengall IIa wind farm will be located in the Lammermuir Hills between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders and is expected to create 100 jobs.

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown said: “Renewable energy sources generated more than 56% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015, helping support our world-leading ambitions to become a low carbon economy.

“The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been a key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low carbon energy and delivering significant local benefits.”

Earlier this week, the Scottish Government gave the green light to a 72MW onshore wind farm.

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