Scots turn down Innogy project

RWE Innogy’s 45MW Ardchonnel wind farm in western Scotland has been refused planning consent.

The 15-turbine project in the hills above Loch Awe would have been one of the largest in Argyll, generating enough electricity to power 40% of the local homes.

However, councillors on Argyll and Bute Council's planning committee unanimously refused the project permission yesterday, in line with recommendations from their officials.

The developer has three months to lodge an appeal.

An RWE Innogy spokeswoman tells Recharge: “We are obviously disappointed by the decision. Ardchonnel is within an area Argyll and Bute Council has indicated is suitable for wind farm development.

“We are frustrated that this decision was reached with little apparent consideration to this fact or the sizeable economic benefit the scheme would bring to the region. We will now consider our options before deciding how to proceed.”

Earlier this month, the Scottish government refused an application for RWE Innogy's 21-turbine, 69MW Rowantree wind farm in the Scottish Borders, on the grounds of noise impacts to residents and the effect on views.