South Scotland

Lammermuir Hills wind farm approved

Aikengall I Image copyright Mark Rowley
Image caption Community Windpower has permission for 54 turbines across three Aikengall developments

The Scottish government has approved plans for a new 19-turbine wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown granted consent for Community Windpower's Aikengall IIa project.

Scottish Borders Council and East Lothian Council both opposed the project due to its landscape impact.

Mr Brown said it could generate community funds and support job creation and approved the scheme.

The Scottish government highlighted a number of benefits the project would bring including:

  • generating up to £9.4m for local communities.
  • supporting the creation of around 100 jobs
  • meeting the power needs of the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes

Mr Brown agreed with the findings of public local inquiry reporters to grant consent.

He said: "Renewable energy sources generated more than 56% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015, helping support our world-leading ambitions to become a low-carbon economy.

"The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been a key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low-carbon energy and delivering significant local benefits."

Community Windpower already has one operational wind farm nearby in the shape of the original 16-turbine Aikengall project.

It is also currently building a 19-turbine Aikengall II scheme.

The latest permission will take the total for the three developments to 54 turbines.

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