Revised Meikleton wind farm plans to go on show
1 June 2012 Green energy developers Burcote Wind will be holding public exhibitions around revised proposals for the Meikleton wind farm in Cairnie and Huntly next week.
The drop-in events will take place on Monday, June 11th, 2012 in Cairnie Memorial Hall from 2pm-7pm and Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 in The Stewart’s Hall, Huntly from 1pm-6pm.
Following more than a year of community engagement already, Burcote Wind has reduced the number of turbines proposed at its site at Meikleton of Ardonald, near Cairnie, from five to four. In addition, the height of the turbines has been reduced from 125m to 110m to blade-tip.
The proposed Meikleton Wind Farm would produce around 40,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity, enough to power around 8,500 homes and displacing around 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
The Meikleton site benefits from high average wind speeds and its situation in a natural ‘bowl’ surrounded by hills would minimise its visual effect in the landscape.
Burcote Wind has been exploring how a community benefit fund worth £45,000 per year - £1.125million over the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm - can best be deployed to support community initiatives.
It has established a community liaison forum comprising representatives of key local groups to discuss the delivery model and the potential priorities which could be supported if the project is granted planning consent.
Burcote Wind has made information, including photomontages, maps and minutes from the liaison forum meetings, publicly available via a dedicated website, www.meikletonwindfarm.com, which has received more than 1,500 visits so far.
The company is planning to submit a planning application for the Meikleton site in the near future.
Graham Brown, Chairman of Burcote Wind, said:
“We hope as many people as possible will come along to our events in Cairnie and Huntly to see the changes we’ve made to the Meikleton project in light of community feedback.
“Our public events last year were well attended and questionnaire responses showed that nearly three-quarters of people [72%] were in favour of the proposed wind farm.
“However, we’ve taken on board the community feedback we received and have altered our proposal accordingly, removing one of the turbines and reducing their height.
“We’ve also had some very constructive discussions with a Community Liaison Forum made up of local representatives. These talks have focused on how the proposed community benefit fund associated with the Meikleton project could work in practice.
“We’re very much looking forward to sharing the outcome of these discussions with the wider community and we hope as many people as possible can drop in.”
Notes to Editors
1. Burcote Wind recently concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with Kintyre-based Wind Towers Limited – the only manufacturing plant of its kind in Scotland – under the terms of which Burcote Wind has agreed to offer Wind Towers Limited the chance to supply wind towers for its projects in Scotland where technically and commercially possible. The move will help to keep as much of Burcote’s investment in Scotland as possible, supporting jobs and skills. A video clip of the conclusion of the Memorandum is available here: http://youtu.be/TcaObfwYrwQ
2. Burcote Windis 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. www.burcotewind.com
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