Kintyre wind farm community website launched

18/08/11

 

11th August 2011 The company behind draft proposals for a new wind farm in West Kintyre has announced the launch of a dedicated project website to keep the local community informed about the proposed project.

Independent renewable energy firm Burcote Wind recently announced proposals for Creggan wind farm, comprising 26 turbines with a total installed capacity of 78 megawatts, on a site north-east of the village of Glenbarr.

The new website – www.cregganwindfarm.com – provides a range of background information about the project, including maps and photomontages illustrating how the wind farm would look in the landscape from local vantage points. Burcote Wind plans to keep the site regularly updated with further information about technical studies being undertaken on the site and dates, times and venues of future community consultation events, as these become available.

If approved, it is estimated that the Creggan wind farm could generate sufficient electricity to power 58,000 homes and would offset almost 118,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The project would also be accompanied by a community benefit fund worth £234,000 per year or £5.9 million over its 25-year lifetime, with each megawatt of installed capacity providing £3000 per year of guaranteed income during that time.

Burcote Wind formally launched the project in July. The company expects to submit a planning application in the summer of 2012 at the earliest but will undertake detailed consultation with the local West Kintyre community about its proposals during the intervening months. This will include a number of community engagement events, local distribution of newsletters, as well as face-to-face meetings with a range of local groups and individuals.

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown said:

“This new website is just one of a range of methods we will be using to keep the local community informed of the progress of our proposals over the coming months.

“It’s a user-friendly source of key information about the project and also gives individual members of the local community an easy way of contacting us directly if they have specific questions.

“We will be keeping the site updated with new information so I would encourage interested members of the public to visit it regularly for the latest news.

“I hope the local community will find it a useful resource. We are keen to share as much factual information about the proposals as we can and would actively encourage people to get in touch if they have particular comments or feedback.”

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Notes to Editors

1.       Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.

2.       The 26x 3 megawatt (MW) turbines proposed for the Creggan wind farm site would have an installed capacity of 78MW. This is enough to:

·         Power 58,000 homes per year – significantly more than all the homes in Argyll & Bute

·         Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 118,000 tonnes

·         Help Scotland reach its target to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

3.       The proposed community benefit fund for the proposed Creggan wind farm is equivalent to an annual payment of £3,000 per Megawatt (MW) of installed generating capacity. This would produce an annual ‘royalty’ to the community of up to £234,000 (based on the output of 26 turbines of 78MW), or £5.9 million over the 25 year lifespan of the development. The exact vehicle for delivering this resource to local community projects will be determined in close consultation with community representatives.

 

4.       As part of the future planning application, Burcote Wind will need to compile a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify the potential impact of building the wind farm on the local environment, ecology and plant and animal life. The EIA must demonstrate that the benefits of developing the site clearly outweigh any potentially negative impacts. In addition, Burcote Wind will have to demonstrate how the site can be physically and ecologically restored following the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm. A planning application will not be submitted until the summer of 2012 at the earliest.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Bruce

Orbit Communications

alex.bruce@orbit-comms.co.uk

Tel. 0131 257 4232

Mob. 07747 636 504

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