Aberdeenshire wind farm plans go on show

03/06/11

25 May 2011

Proposals for a small-scale wind farm at Meikleton, near Huntly, will be on public display next week [w/c June 6th].
 
Green energy firm Burcote Wind is holding community engagement events in Cairnie Village Hall on Tuesday, June 7th and in the Stewart’s Hall, Huntly, on Wednesday, June 8th. The events, featuring an exhibition of the proposals, will be open from 10.30am to 8pm on both days.
 
The Meikleton site, midway between Huntly and Keith, sits in a natural ‘bowl’ surrounded by hills, which will help to obscure the five proposed 125m-high turbines.
 
Although a planning application is not expected until summer 2012, Burcote Wind is starting its consultation early to address any concerns and look at how a proposed community benefit fund worth up to £45,000 per year for 25 years (total of £1.125m) could be used to improve the area’s economic and social wellbeing.
 
The firm has already launched a community website – www.meikletonwindfarm.com – to keep residents informed. Since launching earlier this month, the website has already received more than 300 hits.
 
Burcote Wind’s chairman, Graham Brown, said: 
 
“The community engagement event is going to be very informal and will give people a chance to view an exhibition of the proposal and chat to the project team.
 
“Because of where the site sits in the landscape, the turbines at Meikleton would be well hidden from most vantage points. 
 
“We were originally looking at six turbines, but because of the excellent wind resource and the state-of-the-art technology we intend to use on site, we can actually get the same electricity output from five, so we’ve reduced the number.
 
“We’re also very clear that we want the community to see tangible benefits from having the wind farm nearby, so we’re looking at how a fund of £45,000 per year, or £1.125m over the lifetime of the wind farm, can support local initiatives.”
 
 
Notes to Editors
 
The five 3 megawatt (MW) turbines proposed for the Meikleton site would have a combined output of 15MW. This is enough to:
Power 11,000 homes per year – 11% of all the homes in Aberdeenshire
Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 22,600 tonnes 
Help Aberdeenshire reach its target to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
 
Burcote Wind is aiming to submit a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council in the summer of 2012.
 
For more information please contact:
 
James Tout
Orbit Communications
0131 257 4232/07989 610 276
james.tout@orbit-comms.co.uk 
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