Wind farm plans given green light

KILCHRENAN, SCOTLAND - A wind farm capable of supplying power to 32,000 homes has been given the green light by ministers.

The 20-turbine Carraig Gheal wind farm will be located near Kilchrenan, Argyll.

The go-ahead was given by finance secretary John Swinney - as the location falls within the constituency of energy minister Jim Mather.

The original application was for a 24-turbine 72 megawatt wind farm.

But it was scaled back to 20 turbines and 60 megawatts after a consultation exercise and the go-ahead comes with strings attached.

These include an approved monitoring programme to protect the local bird population.

Mr Swinney said: "Carraig Gheal wind farm will provide a significant amount of electricity used in Argyll and Bute's homes and is another step towards making Scotland the green energy capital of Europe.

"We already have the comparative advantage of a vast array of potentially cheap, renewable energy sources in Scotland."


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