As this Herald Scotland piece points out: ‘Dumfries and Galloway … already has over 200 operational turbines, with a further 333 consented, 260 awaiting consent and at least another 450 ‘at scoping’.’ But major landowners like the Duke of Buccleuch want more – lots more. Martin Williams reports:
PLANS involving one of Britain’s biggest private landowners to develop a windfarm of up to 140 turbines stretching for several miles in Dumfries and Galloway have been described as “insane” by conservationists.
Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables, a prominent windfarm developer, announced they are examining the potential for the significant windfarm in the Lowther Hills, between Sanquhar and Wanlockhead as part of a “major land use strategy”.
Buccleuch is still pursuing an eight-turbine wind farm and hydro park at Glenmuckloch near Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway.
If the new project proceeds, the partners say the economic, environmental and community benefits “could transform the area”.
Preliminary discussions have been held among Buccleuch, 2020 Renewables, other local landowners, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government. No decision to proceed has been taken to date and the Buccleuch say “a range of options are under consideration”.
John Glen, chief executive of Buccleuch, said the proposed farm would make a “significant contribution to the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets”.
Where does the industrialisation of the Scottish hills stop?