Kintyre wind farm proposals to go on display



20 January 2012 Proposals for a wind farm in West Kintyre are due to go on public display in Glenbarr next month.

Located on a site north-east of Glenbarr, independent renewable energy firm Burcote Wind announced proposals for Creggan wind farm last year. Comprising 26 turbines and with a total installed capacity of 78 megawatts, if approved, it is estimated that the wind farm could generate sufficient electricity to power 58,000 homes and would offset almost 118,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

As currently proposed, 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 period.

A public exhibition of the proposals will be hosted at Glenbarr Village Hall between 2pm and 7.30pm on Thursday the 23rd February. Interested members of the local community will have an opportunity to discuss the proposals with members of the project team, to ask questions, and to provide comments and feedback.

The public event is just one element of a comprehensive community engagement programme designed to keep the local community up-to-date about the project. A dedicated project website has been set up to provide more detailed information about the proposals and can be accessed at:

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown said:

“Proper community consultation is extremely important to us. We are keen to talk to the local community about our proposals at an early stage of the process so they can have a meaningful input into the project design. This public exhibition is just one part of a much wider programme of engagement and consultation we are currently undertaking. We also plan to hold further public events later in the year before we submit a planning application.

 “This project has the potential to give a major boost to the local economy in West Kintyre. If it goes ahead, the associated community benefit fund could help to deliver genuine long-term benefits to the local area. We are looking for input from local groups and individuals about how this might be achieved and the areas where they would like to see this money invested.

 “I hope as many members of the local community as possible will take the opportunity to come along to our first exhibition, to ask questions and to give us their 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.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Bruce

Orbit Communications

Tel. 0131 257 4232

Mob. 07747 636 504

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