New community website for Aberdeenshire wind farm plan

03/06/11

27 April 2011

Green energy firm Burcote Wind has launched a new community website to keep residents informed about plans for a small-scale wind farm at Meikleton, near Huntly.
 
The site – www.meikletonwindfarm.com - has just gone live and will be regularly updated with maps, photomontages, progress on technical studies and dates of meetings or public exhibitions.
 
The Meikleton site, midway between Huntly and Keith, sits in a natural ‘bowl’ surrounded by hills, which will help to obscure the six proposed 125m-high turbines. Views of the turbines from the valley of the protected River Deveron would be minimal and there would be no run-off from the wind farm site into the river.
 
Burcote Wind has begun an extensive consultation period with the local community. This will aim 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 company plans to hold a community engagement event in early June, where local people will be able to meet the team and give feedback.
 
Graham Brown, Burcote Wind’s chairman, said: 
 
“Although we’re still a long way off from submitting our planning application, our initial dialogue with the local community has been very constructive and we hope to continue this by being open and transparent. 
 
“The community website is a great way for us to reach out to as many people as possible with news about the development.
 
“We’ve already put up a detailed map of the site and some of the photomontages showing how the turbines might look in the landscape. We think people will be pleasantly surprised by how unobtrusive they are. In selecting this site, we’ve been anxious to ensure that the visual impact is minimal.
 
“On a more general level, we want the Meikleton wind farm to bring real benefits to the local community, which is why we’re proposing to create a community benefit fund worth £1.125m over the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.
 
“We will be discussing with key local groups about how this fund can best be delivered to support local initiatives.”
 
Notes to Editors
 
The six 2.5 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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