Scots OK 66MW Harburnhead wind

The Scottish government has given the green light to the 66MW Harburnhead wind farm project in West Lothian.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said the project, under development by Enel Viento, will generate about £9m ($15.4m) for the local economy.

The Edinburgh government noted that the developer had set up a community trust to support local initiatives.

But the Scottish government rejected a 21-turbine proposed wind farm at nearby Fauch Hill, planned by project company FHSE.

Ewing said: “We want to see the right developments in the right places, and that is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Fauch Hill, which I consider would have brought unacceptable impacts on the landscape, particularly the Pentland hills.”