RES gets go-ahead from Scots

RES' Kelburn wind farm in western Scotland

RES' Kelburn wind farm in western Scotland

RES has won its battle to build a wind farm in western Scotland.

The Scottish government gave the green light for Freasdail wind farm, an 11-turbine development of more than 20MW on the Kintyre Peninsula.

The decision was made by an independent reporter appointed by the government to assess the developer's appeal against the local council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

Construction is expected to start next year.

"We designed the project and demonstrated that it would have no significant effect on local people, local environment or local wildlife. Projects like Freasdail will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s ambitious renewable-energy targets,” says RES project manager Neil Martin.

The local community will receive a benefits package of more than £2.75m ($4.62m) over the project’s lifetime. That includes RES’ Local Electricity Discount Scheme, which offers nearby properties an annual discount on their electricity bills once the wind farm is operational.

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