Banks submits for 20.4MW Bandirran

Banks Renewables has submitted a planning application for its 20.4MW Bandirran wind project to Perth and Kinross council in Scotland, ending one chapter and starting another in the controversial project's story.

The project, near Perth, would have six turbines up to 132m high, drawing the ire of a number of locals during the pre-application phase.

The controversy over Bandirran led Banks, a prolific UK onshore wind developer, to delay making the application to engage further with the local community. Having submitted a scoping report on the project last spring, Banks had hoped to submit the full planning application late last year.

Banks has aggressively courted the local public, having held a number of public exhibitions to discuss the project and a “Meet the Buyer” event for local businesses to learn about possible commercial opportunities.

However, the outcome of the project is anything but certain. Perth and Kinross, a council area in central Scotland, has never approved a wind farm, according to local newspaper The Courier.

Banks, a prolific wind developer in the UK, has offered the local community 2.5% of the gross annual revenue generated by the wind farm, with a minimum payment of £5,000 ($8,160) per installed MW annually.

Sited on agricultural land, the wind farm would patch into Balbeggie substation via overhead cables atop wooden poles.

Wind power supplied 10% of Britain’s total electricity demand in December, or more than 2.8 million MWh, most of it coming from onshore projects, according to trade group RenewableUK.